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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

June 11, 2019 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Renewable energy industry runs into more resistance in ‘saturated’ Derry and Strabane

The renewable energy industry ran into further resistance in Derry and Strabane when permission for another wind farm was knocked back by the Council’s Planning Committee. RES’s bid to erect five new turbines at Meenamullan in Killeter was recommended for refusal by planning officers. It was, they declared, contrary to planning policy because, if approved, it would have an “unacceptable adverse impact on the visual amenity and landscape character of the area through the number, scale, size and siting of . . . Complete story »

May 24, 2019 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial wind turbine taken down

A huge wind turbine near Castlewellan which was at the centre of a recent Planning Appeals Commission hearing has been taken down. The decision to remove for the 225kw turbine located on an elevated site in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) at Dundrinne Road was confirmed at the end of last month. Planning permission was originally granted in January 2009 for a 15-metre high domestic turbine on land 350 metres south west of 63 Dundrinne Road. The permission . . . Complete story »

October 11, 2018 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Campaigner says it’s time to look at wind farm legislation once again

A Co. Derry anti-windfarm campaigner has called on legislators to revisit the laws regarding the development of turbines to prevent the saturation of the North West with the renewable energy generators. Mr. Ken Francis, of the Slaughtmanus Community Conservation Group, is among a number of residents campaigning against the RES Group’s Barr Cregg Wind Farm, which they are opposing on a number of grounds. Speaking to the ‘Journal’, he called on politicians to look again at the legislation regulating wind . . . Complete story »

October 9, 2018 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

More windfarms on the way with Labour in power

The prospect of many more windfarms dotted across the Fermanagh landscape could become a reality if the Labour Party gets into power in the next general election. The number of wind farms could almost double, creating thousands of jobs in the renewable energy sector in the next few years with the Labour Party proposing to construct thousands of new onshore wind turbines across the UK. Cllr Robert Irvine said, “I have no problem welcoming this because I want to see . . . Complete story »

August 15, 2018 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Coleraine wind farm plan in jeopardy on conservation and health grounds

Planners have shot down a bid to erect five large wind turbines on the outskirts of Coleraine. North Power Croaghan Ltd has been attempting to build the wind farm in Macosquin since 2011. However, officials at Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council rejected the latest bid. The decision, due to go before councillors on August 22, was revealed in a report released ahead of next week’s planning committee meeting. The company behind the proposal had originally applied to build five . . . Complete story »

June 7, 2018 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Council rejects plan for new wind turbines

The Derry City and Strabane District Council area is over capacity for wind farms and carrying an unfair burden compared to other council areas, says Sinn Fein councillor Dan Kelly. He was speaking as the council’s planning committee voted to overturn a recommendation by council officers to agree an expansion to Monnaboy Wind Farm just outside Greysteel in Co Londonderry. The application was for two new turbines, adding to four existing turbines which were installed in 2009 – before local . . . Complete story »

May 9, 2018 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Planning refused for new wind farm in the Sperrins

The Mid Ulster District Council has said its decision to refuse planning permission for a wind farm in the Sperrins while approving a second near Fivemiletown, demonstrates its ‘balanced’ approach to such projects. The decision to refuse eight wind turbines next to Davagh Forest came during the same meeting on Tuesday night which approved seven turbines on Murley Mountain near Fivemiletown. The proposal, centred around The Stanley Bell and Sons Ltd Quarry between Lissan and Broughderg, attracted a huge public . . . Complete story »

May 4, 2018 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Cookstown wind farm plan refused

Mid Ulster District Council’s Planning Committee has turned down a controversial plan for the construction of eight wind turbines near Cookstown. There were more than 1,500 objections to the application for the erection of the 126m high turbines and associated works on a site just off Ballynagilly Road, Lissan. The council said the proposed development, partly located in the Sperrins Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, was “refused on the grounds of its unacceptable impact on neighbouring residents, on the visual . . . Complete story »

March 20, 2018 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Council accused of failing to protect ‘Royal Hill’

Campaigners calling for the removal of a wind turbine at Knock Iveagh outside Rathfriland say they are deeply concerned by the failure of planners at Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to take action and halt development. Knock Iveagh is the site of a large scheduled monument, a Neolithic burial cairn, and archaeological experts believe it was the location for ritual ‘Royal’ inaugurations going back thousands of years. It is understood there are currently four council enforcement cases against planning . . . Complete story »

February 18, 2018 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm electricity poles vandalised as £50,000 grants given

Electricity poles on the grid route for a new wind farm outside Brookeborough were vandalised in the same month that the wind farm released £50,000 into the local community. The company behind the Teiges Mountain Wind Farm project has reported the incident to police. Speaking to The Impartial Reporter this week, a spokesman for Energia said: “Regrettably, NIE Networks advised us that a number of electric poles on the grid route have recently been vandalised. In line with company policy, . . . Complete story »

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