Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty has said that the planning refusal for Cregg Wind Farm is a step in the right direction for Meath.
Doherty said that “I know that I was not alone in breathing a massive sigh of relief when I heard that An Bord Pleanala had made the decision to refuse the planning appeal for the development of Cregg Windfarm in County Meath. I believe that this refusal bodes well for those of us in Meath who are in outright opposition to the proposed development of Emlagh Wind Farm.
“I am absolutely delighted with the decision, which I hope will lead the way and reiterate to An Bord Pleanala that Meath is not the right place for industrial sized wind turbines.
“46, let alone 6, industrial sized wind turbines do not belong amongst families and communities in North Meath, or anywhere for that matter. Wind farms of this scale should be located either offshore, or on vast isolated lands away from Ireland’s towns and villages. This week’s decision by An Bord Pleanala to refuse planning for the development of Cregg Wind Farm was without doubt the right thing for all involved, families, local businesses and farmers alike.
“Last week I raised a wide variety of issues at the oral hearing for the proposed development of Emlagh Wind Farm. Many of these issues, though not all as Emlagh is a much bigger beast, applied in the case of Cregg Wind Farm, which I also included in my submission to Meath County Council during the planning application process.
The Meath East TD concluded saying “this week’s planning refusal was made on the basis of unprecedented and undue interference to the landscape and specifically views from Whitewood House, one of Meath’s protected structures. If undue inference to the landscape from 6 industrial sized wind turbines in Nobber is enough to bring about a refusal; then 46 turbines, made up of 3 clusters located across breadth of North Meath, and nestled amongst UNESCO World Heritage sites, then impact on landscape should certainly hold a lot of merit in the ongoing decision making process for the Emlagh development.
“Well done and a massive congratulations to everybody involved.”