Plans for 14-turbine wind farm in Co Galway rejected by Bord Pleanála
The board's final ruling says that the number and layout of wind turbines and locations of associated access roads for the project do not take account of the area's archaeological landscape of post-medieval settlements and several prehistoric features.
August 15, 2012
by Lorna Siggins
in Irish Times
An Bord Pleanála has rejected planning approval for a 14-turbine wind farm near Moycullen in Co Galway.
The board, which overruled its inspector's recommendation of the project, has cited the area's archaeological heritage and the risk of peat slippage as the main reasons for rejecting the plan.
The project, submitted by Western Power Developments, was approved last year by Galway County Council and involved 14 turbines, 140m (460ft) tall, within a kilometre of seven houses at Knockranny, overlooking the Galway-Clifden road. It also involved ancillary structures, including a control building, a permanent meteorological mast of up to 80m in height, a substation,... [continue via Web link]