Roscommon County Council is due to announce its decision on a planning application for the development of a wind turbine by Natural Forces Renewable Energy Ltd at Kilcash, Farbreagues, Co. Roscommon on Thursday (24th).
The proposed development of a 150-metre turbine has been met with strong local opposition since the application was made on April 30th and this week, the local Kilcash Wind Turbine Action Group, has vowed to continue its fight regardless of the local authority’s decision.
Brian Kearney, PRO of the group, says the campaign has already received widespread support.
“We have had 115 submissions to the council regarding this planning application and we were delighted to receive so much support. The campaign against the development of the turbine went very well considering we only had around three weeks to get everything together before the deadline for submissions.
“There were submissions from the US and the UK but the vast majority came from the local community itself,” he said.
Mr. Kearney said the local group took great encouragement from a recent High Court decision to overturn An Bord Pleanála permission for a wind farm in Derryadd, Co. Longford.
According to Brian, residents are now prepared to continue their campaign whatever the outcome of the Roscommon planning decision.
“More than likely there will be a decision this week. If it’s rejected, we expect Natural Forces to appeal to An Bord Pleanála. If it’s approved then we are ready to fight the decision to the bitter end,” he said.