Blow for wind farm plan

Published 21 December 2011

The response from the Department of Local Communities and Government requires that any application for such a development would require a full environmental impact assessment. In making this decision, the proximity of the heronry at Goat’s Lodge was a contributory factor.

This decision is considered good news by those who consider the site unsuitable for a wind farm. This is because it increases the level of scrutiny of any application and helps in ensuring that all environmental matters are fully addressed.

The first proposals for wind farm development on the site were discussed as long ago as 2001 and a series of potential developers have been involved in the ensuing period. An application for nine turbines was refused by the local planning authority earlier in 2011.

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