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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.

April 12, 2022 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Council spent almost £1m to date in legal battle over huge wind turbine beside ancient site

A Northern Ireland council has already spent almost £1m in an ongoing legal battle with a government department. Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council last year launched legal action against the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) in relation to issues around the erection of a wind turbine at a historic site in Co Down. The Sunday Independent has learned the council has so far paid £940,000 in legal costs in connection with the case. A Stormont committee which oversees the . . . Complete story »

March 28, 2022 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Protest calls for removal of turbine from 5,000-year-old burial site

A group demanding the removal of a controversial wind turbine from the site of a 5000-year-old protected burial site, has staged a protest this afternoon, utilising an ancient Irish trumpet. The hill, at Knockiveagh near Rathfriland in Co Down, was also used as an inauguration site for local kings thousands of years ago. It has commanding views of the surrounding area, including the Mourne Mountains. Planning permission was granted for the turbine even though the Stone Age burial cairn on . . . Complete story »

March 8, 2022 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Nichola Mallon urged to reject wind turbine plan in Mournes that could power 27,000 homes

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has been urged to make a decision on a controversial Co Down wind farm first proposed seven years ago. The proposed wind farm, close to the village of Hilltown near Newry, has divided opinion in the area. Opponents of the plan, including mountaineer Dawson Stelfox, said it has drawn more than 4,000 objections and urged the Minister to reject the application without the expense of a public inquiry. ABO Wind, a German company, first applied in . . . Complete story »

January 11, 2022 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Late’ windfarm objections prompt calls for planning rules overhaul

Council planners are seeking action from Stormont over last minute objections that are clogging up the system. The committee of elected representatives that approves or rejects major development proposals wrote to DfI minister Nicola Mallon asking her to urgently consider a rule change. The move came after ‘late’ objections to a major windfarm redevelopment prevented the committee from reaching a decision. Planning officers had recommended approving a proposal from Scottish Power to ‘re-power the Rigged Hill site when it came . . . Complete story »

December 8, 2021 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Covid-19: About half of wind turbine support not repaid

About half the Covid-19 support funds given to wind turbine owners in Northern Ireland have not yet been paid back. Fifty-two wind turbine owners received emergency £10,000 grants last year. The sector was subsequently ruled ineligible by the Department for the Economy (DfE) and it said it would try to recover the money. A new Audit Office report said “just over half” had been recovered and DfE is working to recover the rest. The report found that almost £245m was . . . Complete story »

December 3, 2021 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Mid and East Antrim wind farm under Stormont ‘holding order’ as councillors go against experts

The Department for Infrastructure has put a holding order on a windfarm Mid and East Antrim councillors passed in a protected area near historic Slemish after being advised against it. Planners, the Department for Agriculture, Environmental and Rural Affairs and RSPB NI all opposed the application for seven 125m high turbines in the ‘area of outstanding natural beauty’. Among the reasons listed were fears the turbines could result in the permanent displacement of already declining curlew and hen harriers on . . . Complete story »

November 11, 2021 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

New £25m seven-turbine wind farm at Carnalbanagh is given green light by council

A planning application for a new wind farm at Buckna in County Antrim has been approved by councillors despite a recommendation for refusal. The £25m development consisting of seven turbines was given the go-ahead at Carnalbanagh Road, midway between Broughshane and Ballygally, by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Planning Committee on Thursday. The council’s principal planning officer Gary McGuinness told the meeting that the application has received 962 letters of objection and 518 letters of support. The letters of . . . Complete story »

August 2, 2021 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

New 14-turbine wind farm proposal near Carnlough ‘at an early stage of design’

A new 14-turbine wind farm has been proposed for a site two miles from Carnlough on the Antrim coast. The project is being developed by Larne-based company Renewable Energy Systems based at Millbrook. A proposal of application notice has been submitted to the Department of Infrastructure ahead of a planning application expected to be submitted later this year. This is the same company that is behind a proposal for Ballygilbert Wind Farm outside Ballygally. In May, Mid and East Antrim’s . . . Complete story »

June 26, 2021 • Ireland, Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Bog standards

Expert reports from objectors had warned of the strong possibility of a bogslide at Invis Energy’s wind farm at Meenbog, Co Donegal. Sure enough in November the millennia-old turf moved during construction work and has caused catastrophic damage to an SAC (Special Area of Conservation) and to an Area of Special Scientific Interest in Co Tyrone. Objectors had warned as much, in reports submitted to An Bord Pleanála which had dealt with the application as a Strategic Infrastructure Development. It . . . Complete story »

May 22, 2021 • Ireland, Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Works on rivers impacted by Donegal/Tyrone bogslide may take ‘years’ to complete

Works to restore watercourses impacted by a bogslide in the North West last year could take “a number of years” to complete, according to the Loughs Agency. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, anglers in Donegal and Tyrone fear that the peat slippage near a wind farm development at Meenbog has made an important salmon fishery uninhabitable. Video of the incident, which saw thousands of tonnes of bogland slide into the River Derg system, went viral on social media in early . . . Complete story »

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