Residents appeal planning approval of Offaly windfam

Offaly County Council granted permission for the development

Justin Kelly

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Residents appeal planning approval of Offaly windfam

Residents appeal planning approval of Offaly windfam

Residents living close to the site of an apporved windfarm development has appealed Offaly County Council's planning approval to An Bord Pleanala.

Offaly County Council granted permission for the proposed construction of 12 wind turbines in the Kilcappagh area of the county, close to Cloneygowan earlier this year.

Moanvane Wind Farm Ltd. are the applicants and their development would see some of the tallest turbines in the country, with a tip height of 169 metres built in the area.

The planned works include the construction of a temporary site compound, underground electric cabling, new site tracks.

It will involve tree felling, the laying of temporary surfacing, and the permanent setback of a roadside boundary wall.

An appellant living in the area has lodged an appeal against that permission to An Bord Pleanala. Their appeal centres of grievances with noise levels, property prices, the visual impact to the landscape, the impact on the habitats of species in the area, as well as what they describe as the 'saturation' of industrial turbines in the locality.

The board will now assess all relevant documentation before making an ultimate decision on the development. 

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