Irish statutory planning body refuses consent for 150-MW wind project
Wind farm in Ireland. Author: Harry Pears. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic
Ireland’s statutory planning body An Bord Pleanala (ABP) this week refused giving planning permission to natural resources management firm Coillte for its up to 150-MW Cluddaun wind power project in County Mayo.
The developer planned to erect 48 turbines at Cluddaun, but was denied approval over concerns relating to potential peat slippage and changes in the flows of natural streams and rivers.
The Cluddaun wind farm would have been part of the country’s largest onshore wind complex, of 521 MW, when complemented by a 112-turbine project at Bellacorick proposed by an ESB and Bord na Mona consortium. This other scheme is also pending planning permission, but a decision on it is not seen before November 2015.
Coillte still has the option to apply for judicial review of ABP's ruling.