Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

ABO Wind Ire­land Ltd sub­mit­ted its new ap­pli­ca­tion for Bal­ly­manus Wind Farm on Wed­nes­day, July 5.

The com­pany is seek­ing ten-year per­mis­sion to de­velop the wind farm in lo­ca­tions across south Wick­low in­clud­ing Aughrim, Ballinglen, An­nacurra, Bal­ly­manus and Ti­na­hely.

The new ap­pli­ca­tion in­cludes plans for up to eleven tur­bines, one less than the pre­vi­ous re­fused ap­pli­ca­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Em­met Egan, Di­rec­tor of ABO Wind Ire­land Ltd, the com­pany has re-ex­am­ined the pro­posal and has taken lo­cal con­cerns on board.

‘Fol­low­ing the re­fusal in 2015, we de­cided to re-ex­am­ine the pro­posal and ad­dress con­cerns of the lo­cal com­mu­nity in so far as pos­si­ble be­fore re-sub­mit­ting,’ said Mr Egan.

‘We would like to thank the lo­cal com­mu­nity who con­trib­uted to the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion. This has re­sulted in the re­duc­tion in the num­ber of tur­bines, from 12 to eleven and an in­crease in the min­i­mum set­back dis­tance from res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties.

‘The changes have also re­duced the vis­ual im­pact to pro­tected views and prospects; we have also worked to ad­dress all rea­sons for re­fusal set out by Wick­low County Coun­cil in 2015,’ Mr Egan said.

He said that the com­pany has en­gaged with the com­mu­nity dur­ing the past two years in ad­vance of mak­ing this lat­est ap­pli­ca­tion.

‘ABO Wind has worked over the past two years to in­volve the lo­cal com­mu­nity and try to en­sure a clear un­der­stand­ing of the pro­posal and an open di­a­logue. Should any­one wish to in­spect the pro­posal and make a sub­mis­sion, all de­tails are avail­able at Wick­low County Coun­cil,’ he said.

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