Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty, has said that the deadline for a decision on the planning application for the proposed Emlagh Windfarm has been delayed for a second time to November 26th.
The Meath East TD said “today I was informed by an official from An Bord Pleanala (ABP) that a decision with regard to the planning application for the proposed development of Emlagh Windfarm will not be made until November 26th, at the very least. “This is the second time that the deadline for the decision by ABP has been extended. We had initially expected a decision following the Oral Hearing by the end of September. This was subsequently changed to the end of October and now November with no explanation other than the file is still with the inspector. “I share the mounting sense of unease felt by so many across County Meath as to the unexplained delays for ABP’s decision, but also, and more importantly, with regard to the long overdue publishing of the new planning guidelines. “We have been kept in the dark for far too long now by the Department of Environment and Communications respectively. I have called on Minister Alan Kelly and Minister Alex White to appoint an independent adjudicator to reside over the production of the new guidelines and to get them published once and for all and without any further delay. Doherty concluded “it is simply not fair to expect families and communities to live in limbo like this. Enough is enough; we need our new guidelines now.