Wind Power News: Northern Ireland
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
Residents of Barr Cregg, Ballymaclanigan and Slaughtmanus have expressed relief after the Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) refused Renewable Energy Systems Ltd. permission to proceed with a proposed seven turbine wind farm on the hillsides to the south and east of the city. RES appealed Derry City and Strabane District Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for its Barr Cregg Wind Farm on the grounds that it would have an ‘unacceptable adverse impact on active peatland’ in the area. However, the . . .
Tensions were expected to run high last night (Monday) at a council meeting surrounding a proposed wind farm in Hilltown. Newry, Mourne and Down District Council called a special meeting dedicated to the issue of a wind farm planning application for an area off the Mullaghgarriff Road. Due to present their views to the local decision makers were planning officers, the firm behind the wind farm proposal and local representatives some in favour and some against the wind turbines. However, . . .
Ramblers win High Court permission to challenge decision to approve construction of wind farm in Antrim Hills
A ramblers body has won High Court permission to challenge the decision to approve construction of a wind farm in the Antrim Hills. The Ulster Federation of Rambling Clubs was granted leave to seek a judicial review of planning permission for installation in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Under the scheme seven 100m-high turbines will be built at Ballykeel, near Larne. A company behind the project was given the green-light following a meeting of Mid and East Antrim Council’s . . .
Planning permission has been lodged for a wind farm outside Hilltown – six months after a previous bid was turned down. This time, the application is for a smaller 10-turbine wind farm instead of 12. The application for the earlier proposed wind farm off the Mullaghgarriff Road proved controversial during its 21 months in the planning process, amassing over 600 objections and support letters. The Department of Infrastructure decided to refuse the development last November after taking into account planning . . .
A company which spent more than a decade trying to obtain planning permission for a wind farm in the Scraghey area has finally succeeded. Altgolan Windfarm Ltd originally applied for 13 turbines – each with a height of 125metres – at the site near Blacktown at the Donegal border, close to the road linking Killen and Ederney. The company was started by Doreen Walker and Mark Lippa, who reside in the Stevenage area of Hertfordshire. The pair are behind a series of . . .
A 48-tonne crane toppling over on Pigeon Top outside Omagh prompted a major operation over the weekend. The £750,000 construction vehicle had been on the way to Cornavarrow Wind Farm on Saturday when the mishap occurred. It is understood that part of the road subsided and the heavy crane toppled over, part landing on the mountainside. No-one was injured in the incident. Preparatory works were carried out on Sunday to stabilise ground so that another crane might be deployed to . . .
Local residents who will be affected by Bord na Mona’s proposal to erect 28 wind turbines on the bogland at Derryadd attended a public meeting yesterday evening in Lanesboro, where they discussed the implications of the wind farm on the local area. The meetings included a presentation by the Golden Eagle Trust, suggesting that the area would serve well as a wetlands wilderness park and a tourist asset instead. Sue Moles from the National Wildlife Service also attended the meeting . . .
The company behind a controversial wind turbine in Barnmeen has stopped the turbine until repairs are carried out to help noise levels. The decision to halt the blades for two weeks comes in the wake of a meeting of Barnmeen Residents’ Group last week. Neighbours are concerned about the turbine’s noise and its impact on the nearby community and environment. Ballee & Harryville Community Enterprise from Ballymena, a social economy project and charity, told this paper that the turbine will . . .
Two separate applications to erect 45 metre tall wind turbines on Creevagh Hill above Derry have been shot down by Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Planning Committee on the grounds that they would blight the countryside and cityscape. Farmer Mr. J. Middleton applied for permission to erect a large turbine on the eastern slopes of Creevagh Hill 140 metres North West of 12 Heather Road on farmland behind Creggan. His near neighbour, Mr. G. Foster, lodged a similar bid . . .
There is a trend of wind turbines to the west of Rathfriland and to the west of Kinallen, according to council. These areas have a “medium level of concentration of wind energy development” according to council analysis. They have looked at all planning decisions issued for single turbines since 2002-2016 as part of the local development plan and found these areas have proved popular for wind turbine investment. From 2002-2004 there were only four approvals for wind turbines and there . . .