Go-ahead for new electricity towers
Planning permission has been granted to Eirgird to construct new electricity transmission towers in Dunlavin.
Eirgrid, which manages and operates the country’s electricity transmission network, submitted an application to build two electricity transmission towers and associated works in the vicinity of existing electricity transmission towers.
According to the application, one of the towers would be a temporary construction of an electricity double circuit transmission tower for test purposes and would be demolished after a period of five years. Permission was sought for a second tower that would replace permanently an existing electricity transmission tower on the site. The proposed development would take place in the townland of Mullycagh Upper in Dunlavin.
The planning section gave the development the go-ahead subject to a number of conditions. Among these, the site of the temporary electricity tower must re-instated to agricultural land once the five-year period ends. The project must also be monitored by an archaeologist who will have the authority to stop work, if archaeological materials are found, to allow for further investigations and measures if needed.