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No third wind turbine at Kinnego Bay

An appeal seeking planning permission for a third turbine in Kinnego Bay has been refused.

Donegal County Council refused the decision to allow permission for a third turbine at Crockbrack Hill, Carrowbeg, Meenletterbale and Ballymagaraghy, in Moville, on February 19, this year.

But that decision was appealed by developers to planning watchdog An Bord Pleanála, who last week confirmed the council’s decision and refused permission for the build.

In its order, An Bord Pleanála says that the construction of the turbine has been refused because it is located in close proximity to a number of designated views.

The order states: “The appeal site is located in a scenic coastal areas in close proximity to an Area of Especially High Scenic Amenity, as set out in the current Donegal County Development Plan, where the policy is to safeguard the natural landscape qualities and the environmental habitats of the county.

“The site is also located in close proximity to a number of designated views and prospects identified for protection in the said plan.

“It is considered that the cumulative impact of the proposed development would interfere with the character of the landscape and in· particular the aforementioned Area of Especially High Scenic Amenity and the designated views and prospects, which it is considered necessary to preserve.”

The decision has been welcomed by the Inishowen Wind Energy Awareness Group.