Monday 11 December 2017

Wind turbines refused planning permission

PLANNING permission has been refused for wind turbines on a hill near Clonroche.

Wexford County Council planners refused planning permission on February 23 for three wind turbines, an electricity sub station, ancillary buildings and incidental site works, to include site roads, in Clonroche.

Ballinclay Windfarms Ltd, (Edward Murphy) applied to Wexford County Council for permission to erect the turbines which lead to a campaign in the area against the initiative. The application stated that the tower heights would not exceed 85 metres and the rotor diameters were not to exceed 82 metres.

The anticipated output from the three turbines would have been approximately 6.9MW.

A local resident said the area was divided over the plans by Mr Murphy, who is originally from the district, but is now living in Thomastown. Local residents were concerned about the height of the giant turbines and about noise from them.

Mr Murphy began the project in 2002, and received the backing of some neighbours.

As a direct consequence of negotiations with local residents, Mr Murphy said he downscaled his plans from six to three wind turbines.

He said they would cater for the electricity needs of 2,500 people.

Wexford People

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