Sec­ond at­tempt to get plan ap­proved

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

THE newly-lodged Bal­ly­manus Wind Farm ap­pli­ca­tion by ABO Wind Ire­land Ltd rep­re­sents the com­pany’s sec­ond at­tempt to de­velop the project since 2014.

The pre­vi­ous ap­pli­ca­tion sought per­mis­sion for 12, rather than 11, 150 me­tre tur­bines and was lodged with Wick­low County Coun­cil on De­cem­ber 23, 2014.

At that time there was a vast amount of op­po­si­tion from small com­mu­ni­ties across the county and a pub­lic meet­ing in Aughrim drew hun­dreds.

In ex­cess of 400 sub­mis­sions were made to Wick­low County Coun­cil and the ap­pli­ca­tion was re­fused on Fe­bru­ary 24, 2015.

The com­pany did not ap­peal this de­ci­sion to An Bord Pleanála.

How­ever, the fact that a new ap­pli­ca­tion has now been sub­mit­ted has re­ceived sig­nif­i­cant crit­i­cism from res­i­dents and lo­cal politi­cians and a fur­ther pub­lic meet­ing is sched­uled for Thurs­day, July 20.

ABO Wind Ire­land Ltd has en­cour­aged the pub­lic to ex­am­ine the new ap­pli­ca­tion which it says has an ‘in­creased set­back dis­tance’ for tur­bines from res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties.

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