Glenties wind farm hearing opens

An oral hearing into a wind farm development near Glenties opened in the town this morning.

An oral hearing into a wind farm development near Glenties opened in the town this morning.

Straboy Wind Energy was granted planning permission in January to build 22 wind turbines on a 474 hectare site near Glenties.

An Bord Pleanála is holding an oral hearing into the project after 15 appeals were lodged.

The hearing heard today that submissions from the applicant are expected to take at least one day while submissions from third parties are likely to take more than three days.

Up to 30 members of the public, including objectors and landowners, were in attendance.

Submissions from the applicant are being heard first and John Ward , a director and shareholder of Straboy Wind Energy, said that wind speeds in north and west Ireland are among the best in Europe.

He said renewable energy generation is a key part of ensuring the Ireland’s economic re-emergence. The wind farm will have “significant economic benefits” including local authority rates, landowner payments, and community funding, he added.