Thursday, October 02, 2014

Doherty urgently calls for new temporary planning guidelines to deal with wind farm application

Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty, has today (Thursday), called on the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly TD, to immediately implement new temporary planning guidelines to deal with Wind Farm applications, specifically in relation to an application made for a vast wind farm in North County Meath.

“I am calling on Minister Kelly to immediately and urgently issue new temporary planning guidelines. This was supposed to be done by the end of this year but due to the number of submissions received, I have been informed that it will be January or February 2015 before this happens. In the interim I believe it is essential that temporary guidelines are issued without delay to deal with applications.
“This week an application was made for a huge wind farm in North County Meath consisting of 46 turbines with a maximum height of a massive 169m and a permanent meteorological mast of 80m. It is proposed that this industrial project would be located in what is a rural, but highly residential area, and I find it totally unacceptable that a vast project such as this would be allowed to slip through the net without proper scrutiny.
“In recent years the size of wind turbines has increased threefold and it is accepted that the planning guidelines as they stand are not fit for purpose. The process is fundamentally flawed and it would be wrong for major decisions, such as this one, to be made in accordance with guidelines that do not work. All applications made should be cognisant of the impending new regulations.
“I take serious issue with such a substantial application being made on behalf of a shelf company affecting the rich heritage and hundreds of families in North County Meath.
“I have been very clear about my feelings on the current planning regulations and I intend to express to the Minister in no uncertain terms the gravity of this situation as it stands. Temporary guidelines are needed now to fill the void before the official new regulations are ready to be implemented. We cannot allow applications to sneak through a broken process.”

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Agree with you wholeheartedly Regina. The plan for North Meath is horrific. These turbines should not be built anywhere near humans or farm animals for that matter.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a fantastic project. Is this Meath's first wind farm? Ireland needs more of these if we're going to wean ourselves off Putins unreliable gas.

Anonymous said...

I dunno know what all this fuss is about guidelines, there doesn't seem to be any objections from people near existing wind farms. Are they going to have to move all the existing turbines if they bring in new guidelines?

Anonymous said...

So, this statement is in relation to a planning application....I thought politicians couldn't interfere in the planning process? With political interference and behaviour like this its only time before this country has another planning tribunal on the way.. Who is she trying to fool with ? Is Regina Doherty not a member of this FG/labour government? What does the this government actually stand for?

Anonymous said...

Deputy Doherty-
Please confirm your constituency and county's yearly electricity power consumption
Please confirm its total power production.
Now- what will you do as an elected national policy maker about that gap? Generate power in another constituency is it? Laughable!

Anonymous said...

Introduce new bill now....

Richard said...

Congratulations Regina,Great to see our politicians standing up for what they believe in. We could go further and stop building these expensive and ineffective turbines altogether

Anonymous said...

I wonder is Deputy Doherty confusing the phrase shell company with shelf company? According to Wikipedia, the first is a company with no assets or operations, often incorporated in places like Delaware that allow anonymity, and though not illegal, often associated with tax avoidance. But I had a look on solocheck for North Meath Wind Ltd. and its obviously a straightforward Irish company owned by Element Power with shared directors, incorporated around 8 months ago, there's no question of it being a shell company.
She hardly means shelf company, in the sense that it was a previously incorporated company held dormant, then renamed(unlikely given it was only incorporated 8 months ago). Anyhow, there's nothing unusual about shelf companies.
Is Deputy Doherty thinking there is something underhand because the name Element Power isn't in the name? Again I hardly think it was a serious effort by Element Power to disguise the ownership, sur they've been all over the Meath Chronicle, and its a normal Irish company?
Does anyone know if Deputy Doherty has any business background at all?