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24/10/2021

Council planners reject Granard industrial wind turbine plan

Kiernan Milling

Kiernan Milling in Granard has seen its plans to erect a large scale wind turbine turned down by Longford County Council

Longford County Council has turned down plans by a north Longford animal feedstuff supplier to erect a large scale industrial wind turbine.

As revealed by the Leader last month, Kiernan Milling in Granard submitted plans to the local authority with a view to installing a 169 metre high turbine at Granardkill, just off the main Ballinalee Road.

However, details of the proposal were met with strong opposition locally and saw several objections being lodged with the council over its development.

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This evening it has emerged local authority planners have turned down the proposed application, sparking a welcome response from locals.

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"We would like to congratulate Longford County Council on their decision to refuse planning permission for the 169m industrial wind turbine," said a spokesperson from Granardkille Local Residents Group.

"Our group organised a campaign to highlight the negative aspects of this particular development and over 30 submissions were made to  Longford County Council during the planning process. We are extremely relieved that the threat of this looming turbine seems to have passed for now."

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"The Granard area is part of Ireland's Hidden Heartlands and the motte development of a 15 acre Norman Living History Village is set to become their flagship project which will complement the existing CenterParcs in Longford Forest.

"This development recently received substantial investment by Failte Ireland and Longford County Council. Failte Ireland as part of their statutory role in the planning process in Ireland submitted a very detailed objection to Longford County Council."

Though refused, the issue may not end there with Kiernan Milling having the option of appealing the decision to state planning appeals body An Bord Pleanala.

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