A total of seven objections have been lodged to date against a proposed nine-turbine windfarm in Doonbeg, but billionaire Donald Trump is not yet among the named objectors.
Executive Vice President and Counsel with the Trump Organisation, George A Sorial confirmed to The Clare People that the company would lodge objections to the plans with Clare County Council today (Tuesday).
The company, which purchased the Doonbeg golf course and lodge last February, has employed a local team of specialist consultants to fight a second attempt by Clare Coastal Wind Power to build the windfarm just four kilometres from the golf resort in Doonbeg.
The company has until Thursday to lodge its objections.
As of yesterday (Monday) afternoon, a total of nine observations had been added to the planning files, seven of which were objections.
Clare Coastal Wind Power Ltd, care of James Conlon, Jennings, O’Donovan and Partners Ltd, Finisklin Business Park, Sligo, has applied for a 10-year planning application that would allow nine electricity generating wind turbines of up to 126 metres in height to be built in Carrowmore South, Einagh and Shragh two kilometres south of Doonbeg village.
A total of 19 local landowners have given consent for their lands to be used for the project and it is understood that local farmers and landowners stand to receive an annual dividend if the windfarm goes ahead.
As part of its application Clare Coastal Wind has submitted a screening report from Carron-based environmental consultants.
According to the report, “The proposed windfarm at Shragh does not impact directly or indirectly on an Natura 2000 site.”
The report maintains that there is no evidence to suggest that the flight pathway for the Whooper Swan or Greenland White Fronted Goose crosses the proposed wind farm nor do either species use it for foraging and roosting.
“Scaup, one of the conservation interests for the River Shannon and Fergus Estuaries SPA, undertake occasional movement between Poulnasherry Bay and Monmore Lough to the southeast of the proposed wind farm site. The potential flight paths between these two areas are all to the south of the proposed windfarm site,” it states.
The majority of the objections to the windfarm dispute these findings as well as raising a number of other concerns.
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