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Brady welcomes decision to refuse planning permission for wind turbines in South Wicklow

30 August, 2017 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow/East Carlow John Brady has welcomed Wicklow County Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for eleven industrial scale wind turbines at Ballymanus.

Teachta Brady said:

 “I welcome the news that the second planning application made by ABO Wind Ireland for the development of eleven industrial scale wind turbines in South Wicklow has been rejected by the Council.

“I am glad that common sense has prevailed and I want to commend South Wicklow Wind Action Group and the people of the area who stood up and fought this application for the second time. I hope that this decision will now be accepted by ABO Wind Ireland.

“While the Government had committed to publish wind planning guidelines within 3 to 6 months of forming a new government, this is yet to happen. In the absence of this, there now needs to be an immediate halt to wind farm planning applications throughout the State until we have appropriate planning guidelines in place.  

“It is intended that Sinn Féin’s Wind Turbine Regulation Bill 2016 will be debated in the Dáil on its resumption in September. This Bill guarantees a minimum set back distance and ensures there is an open and fully extensive public consultative process.

“I hope that the other Wicklow TDs will support this Bill and ensure that we address the concerns that have been raised in communities’ right across the State when it comes to wind farm development.” 

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