24 May 2022

Appeal lodged after council blocks plans for major project in Offaly

Appeal lodged against decision to block major infrastructure project in Offaly

Appeal lodged against decision to block major infrastructure project in Offaly

An appeal has been lodged to An Bord Pleanala after Offaly County Council refused planning permission for a major infrastructure project in the county.

Permission had been sought by Galetch Energy Developments Cloghan Ltd to install approximately 12.5km of 38kv electricity transmission line from the permitted (wind farm) substation in the townland of Stonestown, Offaly to the existing electricity substation in the townland of Clondallow.

The transmission line would have comprised of approximately 8.5km of underground line and approximately 3.7km of overhead line. Underground infrastructure was proposed to be located within private lands and within the public roads N62 and R439 and the L70152. Overhead infrastructure would have consisted of three powerlines suspended from wooden poles with a maximum height of 16 metres.

Offaly County Council refused permission stating that the applicant "had not demonstrated that the proposal will not have an adverse effect on the safety, capacity or operational efficiency of the National Roads Network in the vicinity of the subject site, given the risks of differential settlement along the N62."

That decision has now been appealed by Galetch Energy Developments Cloghan Ltd to An Bord Pleanala in an attempt to get the local authority's decision overturned. 

A decision is due from An Bord Pleanala by the end of July.

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