Ballintra windfarm refused permission by An Bord Pleanala


AN BORD Pleanala (ABP) has upheld a Donegal County Council decision to refuse planning permission for a seven turbine windfarm in Ballintra.

The proposed ESB International development was to have been situated in the townlands of Ballymagroarty and Ballynacarrick and included turbines with a height of 135 metres.

ESB wind development Limited sought a ten year planning permission for the development consisting seven wind turbines, access tracks, transformer station and all associated site works.


An number of objections were lodged on grounds which included the proximity of the turbines to homes, the noise they would generate and the general impact the development would have on a quiet scenic area.

ABP received a number of submissions from groups including Tourism Ireland, Bird Watch Ireland and The Heritage Council.

The board refused permission stating the development would be unduly dominant and intrusive within the landscape when viewed from nearby dwellings and public vantage points and from more distant established public viewing points.

They added that the development would be sited on land which is identified as being at substantial risk of instability.

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Approval for the project, which had attracted strong local opposition, comes with conditions, including shadow flicker requirements.

"The Council is also urging people not to engage in activities that could contribute to the cause of wildfires."


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