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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.


November 22, 2019 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Planning setback for Belleek windfarm over wildlife fears

A decision to refuse planning for a border windfarm near Belleek has been appealed. Planning permission for what could be one of the tallest wind farms in the county was refused by Donegal County Council over concerns in relation to wildlife. There are concerns that the windfarm will spoil views of unspoilt blanket bog from the Boa Island Road coming into Belleek and that planning permission will eventually be passed. The application proposes seven wind turbines in the Behy Mountain . . . Complete story »


September 21, 2019 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Wilson says ‘no’ to proposed wind farm overlooking Antrim Coast Road

East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson has added his voice in opposition to the proposed erection of 14 wind turbines overlooking the Antrim Coast Road. Ballygilbert Windfarm is in the early stages of being developed by RES UK and Ireland, which is based at Willowbank Business Park in Larne. Proposals were on show at a public exhibition in Ballygally Castle Hotel earlier this month. Mr Wilson said: “Some residents, while opposed to the imposition of the wind turbines, have raised concerns . . . Complete story »


September 11, 2019 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Historic and ancient landscape must be protected’

The chief planning officer for Mid-Ulster Council has expressed serious concerns about the impact of a 33-turbine wind farm near Broughderg on the historic landscape of the Sperrins. Speaking at a public inquiry into the plans by SSE Renewables, Dr Chris Bloomer, said the proposal would turn an “historic and ancient area” into an industrial one. “The entire ridgeline of the mountains will be dominated by turbines and blades if this goes ahead in an area which dates back thousands . . . Complete story »


September 6, 2019 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Destructive impact’ of Doraville wind farm

A leading Irish mountaineer has warned that plans to build the country’s biggest ever wind farm near Greencastle would “completely destroy the spectacular skylines” of the Sperrin mountains. The stark assessment from Helen Lawless, Access and Conservation officer with Mountaineering Ireland, came on the opening day of a public inquiry into the proposal by SSE Renewables to construct 33 turbines at a cost of £150 million at Doraville. It came as West Tyrone MLA, Declan McAleer and Dr Chris Bloomer . . . Complete story »


August 29, 2019 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Plans unveiled for new wind farm in Cairncastle

A public information event will take place next month over plans for a new wind farm in Cairncastle, outside Larne. The 14-turbine facility has been planned for the townlands of Ballycoos, Ballygawn and Lisnahay. An exhibition will be held at Ballygally Castle Hotel, on September 11, where proposals will be on show. The wind farm is being developed by RES UK and Ireland which is based at Willowbank Business Park in Millbrook. John Boyce, Project Manager. said: “RES, a company . . . Complete story »


August 16, 2019 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Seven-turbine wind farm outside Derry given go-ahead

A new windfarm outside Derry will provide electricity for more than 12,200 homes in the area, the company behind the project has said. The seven-turbine Barr Cregg Wind Farm has been given the go-ahead following a lengthy planning process. The company behind the scheme, Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES), said the turbines will be able to provide electricity for more than a fifth of households in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area. It said the project will generate . . . Complete story »


July 27, 2019 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

NI coast ‘not suitable’ for offshore wind farm

Northern Ireland’s coastline is not suitable for off-shore wind farm development due to likely objections to how they would look. The findings were included in Department of Economy report. It said the “visual impact” to potential sites based within 13km of the shore would be a “significant issue”. As a result, NI has been excluded from a 2019 leasing round by the Crown Estate which controls the seabed. However the report says offshore wind may be a possibility in the . . . Complete story »


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 »


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