Kildare wind farm decision due soon

Maighne

Niamh O'Donoghue niamh.odonoghue@leinsterleader.ie

Reporter:

Niamh O'Donoghue niamh.odonoghue@leinsterleader.ie

Kildare wind farm decision due soon

800 submissions were made on this huge project

A decision on the Maighne Wind Farm is on schedule to be made by the target date of September 16.

It's understood the An Bord Pleanalá inspector has completed the report and it is now ready to be viewed by the board and a decision made.

Plans for Kildare's first wind farm, consisting of 47 169-metre turbines, are being pursued by Element Power.

If granted, they would run from the Cloncurry area of Rathangan up through Lullymore, Donadea, near Johnstownbridge up the west side of the county stretching over the border into Meath.

Element Power, groups opposing the wind farm and people living in the rural communities of west/north west Kildare have been waiting for the decision for over a year.

There were over 800 submissions made on this project.

If An Bord Pleanála grants permission, the only option open to those opposing the development is to take a judicial review case to the High Court.

That can only be done on the way the planning board reached its decision, and not on the merits of the actual decision. If refused, another application could be lodged.