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Permission refused for 48-turbine wind farm in Mayo

An Bord Pleanála said it wasn’t satisfied that the area was suitable for the development.

Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

A WIND FARM proposed for Co Mayo has been refused permission by An Bord Pleanála.

The Coillte project planned for Cluddaun was refused over concerns around peat slippage and the flows of streams and rivers.

The 48-turbine wind farm would have made up part of Ireland’s largest onshore wind farm, along with a 112-turbine farm at Bellacorick.

Plans for the Bellacorick farm are being put forward by an ESB and Bord na Móna consortium, Oweninny Power Ltd.

An Bord Pleanála also wants further information from ESB about the environmental impact of the wind farm at Bellacorick.

It’s looking for the developers to provide a revised Environmental Impact Assessment showing how the wind farm would be connected to the National Grid.

ESB and Bord Na Móna have until late September to respond and a decision on the Oweninny proposal is not expected until at least November.

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