Permission for Bord na Mona/ESB application for a solar farm in parts of north and north west Kildare has been refused. The firms sought a 10 year permission for the construction and operation of 2 areas of solar photovoltaic arrays mounted on metal frames over an area of approximately 200 hectares. The relevant lands are in Drehid, Mulgeeth, Ballynamullagh, Mucklon, Kilmurray (Carbury By), Killyon and Timahoe East. Kildare County Council refused to grant permission, having regard to its policy "expressed in NH5 Section 13.7 of the Kildare County Development Plan, 2017-2023, to inter alia protect favourable conservation status of habitats and protected species, including those listed under the Bird Directive, the Wildlife Acts and the Habitats Directive and to protect and promote the conservation of biodiversity outside of designated areas and to ensure that species and habitats that are protected under the above legislation are adequately protected". It is open to the applicants to appeal the decision to An Bord Pleanála.
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