An oral hearing will be convened by An Bord Pleanála on the 16th October next to decide on a major wind farm project planned for the outskirts of Glenties. The hearing has been welcomed by the Glenties Wind Farm Information Group. The Group represents the majority of the appellants and observers in the appeal to An Bord Pleanála against the decision earlier this year by Donegal County Council to grant permission for a 25 turbine wind farm at Straboy and adjacent townlands near Glenties. The group intend to fully contest the grant of permission by Donegal County Council at the hearing.
A spokesman for GWiG said: “This is an area of intrinsic value in terms of natural beauty, the environment and cultural heritage and we question the logic of how a development like this can be granted permission sited as it is so close to the town of Glenties and within 1.5km of over 800 local residents.
“If we as a community retain only the idea of perceived emissions reductions which is the claim by this industry and make no other reference to environmental acceptability, then sadly developments like this will continue to be proposed and developed in sensitive areas. The result is that wind farm developments will threaten the continuity of local communities like Glenties.”
The spokesman added: “People are concerned about the health impacts associated with the noise generated by these giant structures. The social fabric of the area is dependent on the retention of young families and the attraction of the area as a place to bring up a young family. Few voices question the importance of wild, unindustrialised landscape as an asset for the community but anyone with a concern for the environment should also consider the importance of preserving areas like this, both from a desire to protect our fragile ecosystems and from a recognition of their capacity to enrich human life through spiritual and poetic inspiration.”