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“Critical Flaws” in wind facility planning

Tip o’ the hat to Joanne Addie for this article worth watching.

Catherine Ketch — The Southern Star — August 2013

A COMMUNITY group fighting a wind farm application in the West Cork Gaeltacht has pointed to wider implications of ‘critical flaws’ found in a planning application for a wind farm that was granted planning by Cork County Council.

The Derragh Wind Farm Group says their experience casts doubt on numerous other similar cases, not simply in Cork but nationwide and points out the potential implications of such ‘poor regulation’ for the Irish taxpayer.

The decision by Cork County Council to grant planning permission on June 18th to Tim Cowhig and Tim Buckley of Framore Ltd for a wind farm consisting of six turbines with a total tip height of 150m and associated development at Derragh, Rathgaskig and Lack Beg near Ballingeary has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála. Tim Cowhig is CEO of Element Power, one of the companies behind a controversial midlands wind energy project.

The Derragh Wind Farm Group, in a statement this week, claimed that ‘there are legal issues so stark in the application, it is difficult to understand how the screening process applied by the Planning Office resulted in a decision to grant permission.’

The group says a review by a noise expert has exposed hugely misleading information in the application’s environmental impact statement – just one of the shortcomings in the EIS for the development that got the go-ahead. The group lists what it regards as clear contraventions of the County Development Plan, legal entitlements of local landowners to the site, potential impacts to human health due to noise or negative effects on domestic water supplies, impacts on species protected under EU law and the negative impact on scenic amenities and cultural heritage which support tourism in the area.

The group secured the services of Acoustic Consultant Mr Dick Bowlder advisor to the British Government on noise standards. Mr Paul Green, group spokesperson, said Mr Bowlder’s review was ‘pretty damning’ in terms of the methods used.  Read entire article, here…..

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