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Kerry community to fight windfarm plans

Kerry County Council originally refused Stacks Mountain Windfarm Limited planning permission to erect 10 wind turbines, but after deliberating for 20 months, this decision was overruled by An Bord Pleanála last week.

The county development plan identifies north Kerry as suitable to wind energy development as it says the landscapes have no particular merit.

However, those that could find themselves living in the shadow of 10 turbines, which measure taller than the Dublin spire, disagree.

Catherine Kelly, who lives in the area, explained: “We live in a beautiful area, it’s really stunning, and these turbines will just change everything.

“They are over 500 feet high. We live in pretty much a valley, why on earth would you think that this is a suitable area?”

Mike Denneny, who also lives in the area, added: “I have a house next door to me that I done up. I bought it at the building stage of it and that was to be my pension fund.

“Well now, if these go up, it is definitely going to knock the value in half.”

Such is the opposition within the local community that 1,000 people signed a petition against the development, more than 360 submissions were made to Kerry County Council opposing the location of the windfarm, and some residents have gone as far as to put their houses on the market in protest.

The community has already spent thousands of euro fighting against the placement of the 10 wind turbines in the valley and they are prepared to spend thousands more and bring their fight all the way to the highest court in the land.

Stacks Mountain Windfarm Ltd did not respond to Ireland Live News’ request for a comment, but in its planning application the company says its proposals are in line with national policy on renewable energy.

Locals have seven weeks to seek a judicial review of An Bord Pleanála’s decision.