More delays on Wind Turbine Guidelines - Brian Stanley TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications Climate Action and Environment Brian Stanley TD said that with the Minister confirming today further delay in wind turbine development guidelines, it shows a clear lack of urgency from this government toward proper planning.
Brian Stanley TD said:
“After questioning the Minister this week in the Dáil on an update on the much promised wind farm planning guidelines, I have received today confirmation that the government is now expecting these 'in late 2018'.
"All while planning still continues to be granted to massive wind turbine developments close to rural homes.
“I raised this with the Tánaiste today that in the Programme for Government there was a commitment to have in place wind turbine development guidelines within 3 – 6 months.
"Last year the Government made a commitment to having guidelines in place by the first quarter of 2018.
"Now the Minsters states further delay, while rural communities are not afforded proper planning protection. The outdated and completely inadequate 2006 guidelines remain in force.
“Sinn Féin put forward a bill last year that would have provided a legal setback distance from homes for wind turbines and community ownership options but this was rejected by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.
"We need greater community acceptance and involvement in renewable energy developments.
"Denmark and Germany has extensive community involvement in renewable developments, and both produce more energy from renewable sources than this state.
"We need to develop a wide range of renewable energy sources, including wind, but we need to get communities on board.”