Articles filed under Impact on Landscape from Ireland

Parish 'for sale' in protest at planned wind farms

Residents of the Finuge area in north Co Kerry have taken the unusual step of putting 'for sale' signs on their properties because they say they will no longer want to live there if controversial proposals for a wind farm go ahead. Stacks Mountain wind farm Ltd is proposing to construct 10 windmills on bogland at Ballyhorgan, in north Kerry, but locals are vehemently opposed.
1 Jan 2014

Planning rejected for €200m wind farm that divided village

One of the grounds of refusal was the pollution threat to Doonbeg river, which contains 5,000 freshwater pearl mussels - the highest concentration in Clare. At a six-day oral hearing into the wind farm in April, the country's foremost authority on the mussel, Dr Evelyn Moorkens, said if nothing was done to secure the species' future, it would disappear.
1 Aug 2013

Sales in our wind: Ireland's ambitious wind-energy plans

It is "far too soon" to make final judgments on which of the export-orientated windfarm projects now being mooted will be approved and under what terms. "There is no fait accompli at this stage. None of this has reassured objectors, who are concerned about the noise and visual impact of onshore turbines and also see the export of wind energy to Britain as equivalent to "selling the family silver".
7 Apr 2013

Kingdom's scenic areas to be spared windfarms

A new energy strategy for Kerry will see whole swathes of the county earmarked for windfarms - but not in top scenic areas. The initiative coincides with a decision by An Bord Pleanála last week to approve the county's highest turbines near Castleisland. Over 70,000 hectares of land had been identified as suitable for wind, water, and other energy sources.
22 May 2012

Wind farm hearing told of peat landslide fears

The 730-hectare site stretching to the Cork and west Limerick borders was zoned "open for consideration" rather than suitable in the Kerry County Council development plan, flagging the fact that it had certain sensitivities. Within it were "dual conservation areas" for birds and animals and nearby was an area of special conservation.
16 Nov 2011

Connemara wind farm permission overturned

It said the Connemara landscape is one of the principal assets of the tourism industry in Co Galway and the proposed development is located on a prominent site in east Connemara in a an area which is part of the Connemara Bog Complex Special Area of Conservation. The site is also within an area with a high-value coastal tourism infrastructure and fisheries resource.
18 Aug 2011

Maps highlight landslide risk areas

The third wet summer in succession - rainfall for July alone was more than three times above normal in parts of Munster and Leinster - again sparks fears of landslides. We've had several examples in recent years of unexpected slippages which are sometimes described as ‘Ireland's greatest natural hazards', given that we don't have even more devastating phenomena such as earthquakes and volcanoes. Landslides are on the increase due mainly to climate change and man's activities, including wind farm construction.
24 Aug 2009

Wind farm turned down over landslide fear

The board overturned the decision after the granting of planning was recommended by An Bord Pleanala's own inspector who recommended the development go ahead with 21 conditions. The inspector gave the go-ahead because of the general suitability of the site for wind power electricity generation, the absence of amenity or conservation designations and the distance from existing housing.
18 Jun 2009

Rogue builders face legal ban

Developers who consistently abuse the planning system could be banned from building in Ireland, under legislation being drafted by the minister for the environment. ...The ban on planning retention for developments requiring an EIA was prompted by a judgment by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) last July. ...The judgment related to a wind farm at Derrybrien, Co Galway, where the construction of a service road caused a landslide on a blanket bog.
8 Feb 2009

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