Search our Archive

29/07/2021

EU laws proved key in overturning Derryadd Windfarm planning approval

Approval upheld by commercial high court for Coillte Teoranta to construct an 18 turbine windfarm on Cullenagh mountain.

Discrepancies with EU planning regulations proved crucial in overturning planning permission for a windfarm in south Longford

The law firm who successfully managed to lead a High Court challenge against a controversial wind farm in south Longford has said discrepancies with EU planning regulations proved crucial in winning the case.

Ballinamore solicitor Gabriel Toolan described Mr Justice Richard Humphreys decision to quash An Bord Pleanala's approval to Bord na Móna for a windfarm in Derryadd as a “landmark ruling”.

He said: “The bogs used for industrial extraction of peat have never been assessed under EU directives for environmental impact assessment.

“We argued that you can't seek permission for another development such as wind turbines on property which hasn't had environmental assessment for its previous activity, namely the extraction of peat.”

The judge agreed with Mr Sweetman the planning application did not contain the level of detail required to allow the board to grant permission.

If constructed to the maximum dimensions, the height of the proposed windfarm’s 24 turbines would be the joint tallest structures in Ireland, with a tip height of 185m, he said.

Mr Toolan added should the case be appealed by Bord na Móna, “that point (EU directives)” as well as a number of others would come back into focus.

More News

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.