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Wind Power News: Northern Ireland

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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


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 »


February 3, 2018 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm noise complaints highest in Omagh district

The number of complaints received for wind farm noise is significantly higher in Omagh and Fermanagh District than any other council area. According to latest statistics from DAERA, there was a total of 13 noise complaints made as a result of wind turbines (individual) in the Omagh and Fermanagh area. This was significantly higher than the five complaints made in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, five in Mid-Ulster and five in the Newry, Mourne and Down district. Overall, Belfast district was . . . Complete story »


January 23, 2018 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Lord Iveagh joins call for ‘urgent intervention ’ at Knock Iveagh

The Friends of Knock Iveagh have appealed to the Department of Infrastructure to intervene as they continue their campaign against a wind turbine at Knock Iveagh outside Rathfriland. Experts believe that Knock Iveagh was the place where local ‘kings’ we re inaugurated and was considered a ‘sacred hill’. It is also the setting for a nationally important Neolithic burial cairn more than 5000 years old, which is a scheduled monument. In a letter sent to the Annaclone Historical Society, Lord . . . Complete story »


December 5, 2017 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Questions need to be answered, say Greens

The Green Party has called for an investigation into how planners gave the green light for construction of a wind turbine close to an ancient monument near Rathfriland. Acting chair for the South Down Green Party, Emma Cairns, said questions need to be answered about how the 150ft high turbine could have been raised at Knock Iveagh Cairn without any input from the department’s Historic Environment Division (HED). “Questions need to be answered as why such a major development was . . . Complete story »


December 4, 2017 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Twenty eight day stop on turbine plan near Knock Iveagh Cairn

A stop notice has been placed on further work to erect a wind turbine close to a protected neolithic monument in County Down. The decision was conveyed to councillors at an Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council meeting on Monday. No vote was taken and the matter was not discussed. It is believed it was made by legal officers to address issues raised in solicitors’ letters received by the council in respect of the development. A full decision is expected to . . . Complete story »


November 27, 2017 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Campaigners preparing to take legal action

Campaigners opposed to the construction of a wind turbine close to an ancient burial cairn in Rathfriland say they are preparing to take legal action in a bid to halt the controversial project. Concerned residents expressed “shock and dismay” after work began last week to erect the turbine close to the legally protected Knock Iveagh Neolithic burial site. Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has said it will not be serving an enforcement notice or a final stop notice . . . Complete story »


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