Donegal wind farm planning details in 2015

FWPM and Wind Farm Zones Dongeal 2013

For the first year since we began keeping these records, in 2012, the number of wind turbines granted permission in county Donegal (11) was lower than the number refused (32).  This is a significant change in the trend for such decisions; with the total number of turbines refused permission in 2015 (32) being just one less the the combined total (33) of refusals for the three prior years 2012-2014.

Wind turbine permissions for Donegal, per year

Decision

2012

2013 2014 2015

Granted

87 67 94

11

Refused

5

7 19

32

Withdrawn

1 4

On reviewing the figures for 2012 -2015 the question does arise as to why there is such a steep decline in permissions granted in 2015.  It is clear that public opinion has turned against wind farms in Donegal.  The proposed variation to the County Development Plan in 2014 to set a 10 times height setback and dezone fresh water pearl mussel catchements from wind farm development achieved 3,326 public submissions in its favour.  County Councillors backed this variation only to see the Minister issue a direction to reverse it but this has been appealed to the high court by former Chairman Cllr. John Campbell and awaits hearing – scheduled for June 2016.  As we commented before this legal stand-off leave considerable uncertainty for planners and developers; this may be the cause of the drop in permissions in 2015.

The other contributory factor is the ongoing delays at An Bord Pleanála with 81 wind turbines across 4 cases, relating to Donegal, awaiting decision for very considerable periods of time.  While the delays at An Bord Pleanála relate in the main to other legal issues the uncertainty in relation to the Donegal County Development plan and zoning is another legal lacuna which faces the Board.

Detail in relation to wind farm and anciallry development decisions

There were a total of 18 planning applications, dealing with wind farms and ancillary developments in Donegal concluded during 2015.  Of these applications two were withdrawn.  The high-level figures indicate that in 2015 with respect to Donegal, permission was granted for 11 turbines and refused for 32 turbines.  Of the 11 turbine permissions two were height amendments and six were extensions of duration, leaving just four new permissions being granted during 2015.  Permission was also granted for two 110kv substations, an access route, lightning poles for a substation and 1km of 33kv underground cabling.

Note: current live applications for wind farms and ancillary developments in Donegal can be found here, and a link to the wind turbine planning permissions in 2014 are here.

Table of decisions concluded in 2015

Name

Location Turbines Reference no. Type of App. Status

Decision Date

Altnagapple Wind Farm Ltd Ardara 13 DCC: 15/50265

ABP: PL05E.244918

Full PP REFUSED

30 April 2015

22 September 2015

Aught Wind Farm Ltd Trillick Aught 1km of 33kv u/g cable DCC: 15/50070 Full PP GRANTED 23 March 2015
Clogheravaddy Wind Farm Ltd Frosses 7 DCC: 14/51305

ABP: appeal ongoing

Full PP REFUSED 8 January 2015
Corvin Wind Limited

Bauville

Buncrana

2 DCC: 14/51295 Full PP GRANT = 1

REFUSED = 1

6 January 2015
Corvin Wind Limited

Bauville

Buncrana

1 DCC: 15/50117 Full PP GRANTED 26 March 2015
Declan Clarke

Crockbrackhill

Moville

2 DCC: 14/51367

ABP: PL05E.244481

Amend height GRANTED

22 January 2015

23 June 2015

Derrykillew Community Windfarm Ltd

Derrykillew

Ballyshannon

5 DCC: 14/51400

ABP: appeal ongoing

Full PP REFUSED 10 June 2015
Eamonn McElhinney

Liskeeran

Stranorlar

1 DCC: 15/50407 Ext. of time GRANTED 14 May 2015
Eamonn McElhinney Liskeeran

Stranorlar

1 DCC: 15/50406 Ext. of time GRANTED 14 May 2015
ESB

Meenacahan

Inver

110kv

substation

DCC: 15/50397 Full PP GRANTED 21 May 2015
ESB

Listillion

Letterkenny

110kv substation DCC: 15/50249 Alterations GRANTED 23 April 2015
ESB Networks & EirGrid

Binbane – Letterkenny

& Tievbrack

110kV line

& station

ABP: PL05.VC0071 Pre-app.

Consultation

WITHDRAWN 21 May 2015
Patrick Bonnar

Garvegort windfarm

Garvegort, Glebe

Ardara

4 DCC: 15/50054 Ext of time GRANTED 7 May 2015
GTBC

Aideen Brett

Meenhore

Grousehall

2 DCC: 14/51419 Full PP REFUSED 5 February 2015
Killin Hill Windfarm Ltd

Meenagranoge

Inver

Access route DCC: 15/51088 Full PP GRANTED 8 October 2015
Michael O’Donnell

Carricknamohill

Killybegs

1 DCC: 15/50047 Full PP GRANTED 25 June 2015
Power & Energy Holdings

Clogher Substation

Cullinaboy

Lightning Poles DCC: 15/50765 Full PP GRANTED 24 July 2015
proVento Ireland PLC

Tullylinn

Pettigoe

4 DCC: 13/51404 Full PP REFUSED 10 September 2015
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