Farmers bid to overturn permission for wind farm

Farmers bid to overturn permission for wind farm

Two farmers are seeking to overturn planning permission for the Derrinlough Wind Farm in County Offaly.

The farmers are bringing the High Court court challenge against An Bord Pheanála’s plans for a wind farm.

Grounds of the claim are the board’s decision is invalid as it allegedly breaches the Planning and Development Act 2000 and EU law in failing to consider certain matters.

The applicants say no proper regard was given to environmental effects of the developments, including on humans, of shadow flicker, noise, bird collision. 

Mr Justice Richard Humphreys was presented with the application on Monday on an ex-parte basis and was adjourned for papers to be amended.

John Devery from Co Offaly, and Paul Kilmartin from Co Roscommon have brought the judicial review and are represented by Oisin Collins SC, instructed by O’Connell & Clarke Solicitors.

Planning permission had been approved for 21 wind turbines, with an overall blade tip height of up to 185 metres, along with all associated works.

The proposed wind farm would be developed on a 2,360-hectare site comprised of two bogs.

Both applicants are farmers and are owners of lands hosting a different wind farm beside the development site.

LSL News.

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