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Go-ahead for major onshore wind farm

Words: Roger Milne

The Yellow River Wind Farm, proposed by Irish developer Green Wind Energy for land north of Rhode in Offaly, has been given the green light by An Bord Pleanala.

Planning permission has been given for 29 of the array's proposed 32 turbines. The majority will be allowed an overall height of up to 166 metres but eleven of the turbines have been limited to an overall height of 156 metres. The 1,002 hectare site straddled the R400 Regional Road between Rhode and Rochfortbridge in Co Westmeath.

An Bord Pleanala has said turbines cannot be erected closer than 500 metres from dwellings, except with written consent from the owner of the dwelling. Permitted noise levels and maximum allowed periods of shadow flicker have also been defined for the 96-megawatt project.

That decision came as it emerged that Eamon Kelly, chairman of the Wind Turbine Action Group South Roscommon has applied for a judicial review of an earlier An Bord Pleanala decision to grant planning permission for two wind farm developments in County Roscommon which were recommended for refusal by the Bord’s inspectors partly on environmental grounds.