October 2017 Update
Due to the announcement by way of press release on the 13th of June 2017, by the then Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney T.D, and the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten T.D., stating that they have developed a Preferred Draft Approach to wind energy development in Ireland, Bord na Móna decided to delay the submission of the planning application for the proposed Derryadd Wind Farm. The Company considered the information made available within the press release as well as the subsequent “Information Note” issued as to how this draft approach might influence the planning application for the proposed Derryadd Wind Farm.
Based on review of this information, the Company has decided to incorporate elements of these aspects into the design for the proposed wind farm at this stage and will revisit the wind farm design and layout. The revised layout will review height of turbines, setback distances and the proposed location of the turbines against the new draft criteria outlined in the Preferred Draft Approach. It is envisaged that the Company will be a position to provide an update on a revised layout by the end of the year. The proposed substation locations and entrances will not change location.
Prior to the issue of the Preferred Draft Approach the estimated planning application date for the development was the end of August 2017. It is now envisaged that the planning application date will now be delayed until April 2018.
Preferred Draft Approach to Wind Energy Development Guidelines
On the 13th of June 2017, the then Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney T.D, and the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten T.D., issued a press release stating that they have developed a preferred draft approach to wind energy development in Ireland. The detail on the draft wind energy development guidelines outlined in the press release has yet to be issued by the Government. Therefore, in the interim, Bord na Móna is currently considering the information made available within the press release and how this draft approach might influence the proposed planning application of the Derryadd Wind Farm. According to the press release issued the preferred draft approach has four key aspects which are:
- The application of a more stringent noise limit
- A visual amenity setback of four times the turbine height between a wind turbine and the nearest residential property, subject to a mandatory minimum distance of 500 metres.
- Elimination of shadow flicker
- Introduction of new obligations in relation to engagement with local communities by wind farm developers
It is envisaged that the planning application date will now be delayed beyond the original target of August 2017. We will continue to keep you updated on any developments in this area.
Proposed substation location
Based on feedback received from the public that ground conditions would be unsuitable for the proposed substation on the south-west of Derryadd Bog detailed site investigation work was carried out. Based on these findings, the proposed location has been moved to the eastern side of the railway line in that area. Please download map to see proposed location.
Revised Amenity Plan
The proposed amenity plan has been revised based on feedback from consultation with key stakeholders. The proposed plan now includes 21 km of cycleway standard infrastructure. Please download the amenity map to view proposed plan.
There are currently no upcoming public events.
The Community Engagement Forum will continue to meet on an ongoing basis during the development of the project to ensure that community concerns, ideas, views and opinions on the proposed wind farm are raised and discussed with Bord na Móna. The voluntary members on the Forum represent the townlands that are in closest proximity to the proposed development.
Bord na Móna would like to thank everyone who attended the Public Consultations held in January and September/October 2016. Public Consultation sessions were held in Keenagh, Killashee, Lanesborough and Newtowncashel over both events.