Local objections to €200m Donegal wind farm

Over 100 people attended a meeting recently in Meenreagh, North Donegal, to discuss a planned onshore wind farm in the county.

Planree Ltd. submitted a planning application to An Bord Pleanána in January 2014 to establish a €200m wind farm in the Finn Valley area of the county.

However, objections against the proposed development are likely to be submitted by locals, the meeting heard.

According to reports locals raised several issues in relation to the wind farm at the meeting.

Concerns such as the visual impact and the size of the turbines were raised with one local describing the turbines as ‘industrial monsters’ donegalnow.com reports.

Health and safety was also an issue raised at the meeting.

In its planning application the Cork-based company stated that the development would see “up to 49 wind turbines with a maximum overall blade tip height of up to 156.5m and all associated hard-standing areas”.

Planree Ltd also stated that the development is likely to have “significant effects on the environment of Northern Ireland”.

If the development receives the go-ahead from An Bord Pleanála over 100 people would be employed in the wind farms construction.

Coillte has confirmed “that negotiations are taking place with Planree Ltd.” as some of the proposed land is owned by the forestry management company.

The deadline for objections to An Bord Pleanála is March 27, 2015.

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