May 15 (Renewables Now) - Ireland's planning authority, An Bord Pleanala, last week once again refused to grant permission to Element Power Ireland Ltd’s up-to-125-MW Maighne wind project.
Element Power appealed against An Bord Pleanala’s initial decision to turn down the project and the authority was ordered by the High Court to reconsider its verdict on the grounds that it had taken into account irrelevant considerations when it rejected the project in October 2016.
The Irish company’s plan was to install 47 wind turbines in five clusters in counties Kildare and Meath. Its initial application was submitted in April 2015. According to An Bord Pleanala, the particular widely dispersed cluster-based layout would have “inevitable" adverse effects, including a “disproportionately large visual envelope,” the need for extensive underground cabling in minor roads and undue proximity to areas of sensitivity from a heritage or residential point of view.
In its decision, the Authority states that the output from the wind park “might be realised in a more efficient and less intrusive manner by a more spatially concentrated development.”