Planning appeal for Connemara wind farm

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Galway Daily news Plans in the works for northwest Galway wind farm

Plans for a wind farm in Connemara near Maam Cross have been appealed to An Bord Pleanála after the council refused planning permission.

Tullaghmore Windfarm Limited sought approval to build 6 wind turbines on land northeast of Maam Cross in the townlands of Tullaghmore, Tawnaghbeg, Tullaghaboy and Lurgan.

The county council refused planning permission as the site isn’t designated for wind energy development, and due to its visual prominence and access issues off the N59.

Concerns were also expressed that it could interfere with the Air Corps Low flying Training Area West, and about potential environmental impacts.

That decision has been appeal to An Bord Pleanála, which is due to decide on the case by August 21 of this year.

The developer sought a ten year planning permission for the 40.8MW wind farm, which would have an operational lifespan of 30 years.

The turbines would have an overall height of 185m from the ground to the tips of their blades, and a rotor diameter of 162m.