Wind Turbine Regulation Bill seeks to protect local communities – Brian Stanley TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Communications, Climate Change and the Environment Brian Stanley TD has tonight published a Bill which seeks to ensure that the development of wind energy is achieved with local democracy and local communities in mind.
Brian Stanley TD said:
“This evening I introduced the Sinn Féin Wind Turbine Regulation Bill 2016 that seeks to protect rural communities, and we hope that all parties will vote for the Bill next Thursday said Brian Stanley TD Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Climate Action, Environment and Communications.
“This Bill has various provisions in terms of creating a legal framework for wind farm development that has been an area neglected by government.
“To protect rural dwellers, we are proposing a setback distance of 10 times the height of the turbine, along with provisions to protect against noise and shadow flicker. Coupled with this we allow for both optional community ownership and greater consultation.
“Many rural communities have suffered because of a lack of legislation in terms of planning for wind turbines as successive governments have concentrated on this single form of renewable energy without effective planning regulations.
“We hope that all parties will support this Bill to go to committee to finally create a firm legal framework for wind farm development.”