Planners slammed over turbine decision

‘Inequality’ claim after controversial height change passed

An Bord Pleanala has granted a height extension to the Kinnego Bay turbines.

Campaigners against wind turbines in Inishowen have slammed the decision by the planning authorities to grant permission to increase the height of two controversial new windmills at Crockbrack Hill.

The An Bord Pleanala decision overturns a previous ruling not to allow the extension by Donegal County Council and permits the applicant to increase the size of the turbines at Carrowbeg and Meenletterbale close to Kinnego Bay some six miles from Moville.

The application had sought to increase the hub height from 69 to 85 metres.

However when this was rejected the applicant, Declan Clarke, from Derry, amended his application and sought to reduce the rotor diameter from 94 to 71 metres and this was passed.

Mr. David Simpson the chair of Inishowen Wind Awareness Group said that the decision to allow the height increase shows ‘the inequality’ of the planning process here.

“This decision by An Bord Pleanala’s Inspector completely disregards why Donegal County Council had previously refused permission for these turbines.”

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