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Knock Iveagh: Stormont is asked to remove wind turbine at ancient site  

Credit:  Stormont asked to remove turbine at ancient site | By Conor Macauley, BBC NI Agriculture & Environment Correspondent | BBC News | www.bbc.com ~~

A Stormont department is to be asked to force the removal of a controversial wind turbine built beside a protected ancient burial ground.

The turbine is at Knock Iveagh outside Rathfriland, County Down.

It was erected in 2017, four years after permission was granted by planners at the former Department of the Environment.

It is beside a 5,000-year-old neolithic burial site which is a scheduled historic monument.

Heritage experts who look after monuments were not consulted during the planning process as they should have been and later said they would have recommended refusal.

Planning responsibility passed to Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council with the reorganisation of local government.

It has been wrestling with whether or not to revoke permission amid suggestions that the compensation bill might be up to £750,000.

The council has now decided how it intends to address the issue.

Source:  Stormont asked to remove turbine at ancient site | By Conor Macauley, BBC NI Agriculture & Environment Correspondent | BBC News | www.bbc.com

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