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10/08/2017

Irish councils warned over wind farm developments

Words: Roger Milne
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Irish planning minister Eoghan Murphy has written to all local councils warning them if they disregard latest national guidelines and policy on wind farms when making planning decisions and development plans, he will consider using his powers to overrule them.

A planning circular has been sent to local authority planners officials in relation to the latest wind farm guidelines.

The minister’s letter stated: “Where local authorities breach statutory requirements in the development plan process or fail to adopt policies that reflect the overall national policy position, the minister has powers under section 31 of the act, which allow him to direct a planning authority to amend a statutory development plan.

“Where a local authority includes provisions considered to be incompatible with established national policy on renewable energy development and the statutory guidelines, including the Wind Energy Development Guidelines (2006), consideration will be given to the use of those powers to direct the local authority to remove the incompatible provisions.”

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