Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty, has said that solicitors for An Bord Pleanala have issued a notice stating that a decision for the Emlagh Windfarm planning application will be made within the next fourteen days.
The Meath East TD said “this evening solicitors for An Bord Pleanala (ABP) issued a legal notice stating that the Board will make its decision with regard to the proposed development of Emlagh Windfarm in North Meath within the next fourteen days.
“Earlier this week the Board received the report from the Inspector some three months later than expected. This delay is assumed to be attributed to the extraordinarily high volume of written and oral submissions made in objection to the proposed development which could see the erection of 46 industrial wind turbines in Co. Meath.”
Doherty continued “for almost two years we have witnessed mammoth public outcry and given the hundreds upon hundreds of people who showed at the Oral Hearing before the summer, should planning be granted I really do fear for the worst!
“It is clear that the masses are utterly against this development, the proposed location of which is wrong on so many levels. Last June we saw ABP refuse planning permission for the development of Cregg Windfarm, also located in County Meath. The reasons provided by ABP for this rejection include unprecedented and undue interference to the landscape. If 6 turbines in North Meath are refused on these grounds, well then there is something seriously wrong if 46 industrial sized wind turbines are not considered to pose the same, let alone bigger, problem.”
Concluding Doherty said “I have said from day one that wind is one option in a wider plan for greener energy in Ireland. However, what I am absolutely and categorically against is forcing families and communities live and work within an industrial sized wind farm. The current planning guidelines permit for such an intrusion on our personal lives and I am truly disappointed that we have yet to see the publication of our revised guidelines from Minister White and Minister Kelly. This is our last chance to do what is right by the people of Meath.”