Mid Ulster District Council has demonstrated a ‘balanced’ approach to renewable energy planning issues, after one application for wind turbines was approved and a second refused.
At a meeting of the Council’s Planning Committee yesterday (1 May), councillors were in favour of a proposal which will bring a wind farm of 7 turbines to a site north of Fivemiletown, outside of any protected area, where habitat management proposals have been developed and where there is the infrastructure to support the development.
In contrast, a second application for a wind farm of 8 turbines partly located in the Sperrins’ Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) was refused on the grounds of its unacceptable impact on neighbouring residents, on the visual amenity and landscape character of the area, as well as on its wider archaeological heritage.
Speaking after the meeting, Chair of the Planning Committee, Councillor Cathal Mallaghan, said:
“We are in favour of renewable energy proposals in the right place and the decision-making shows that, where conditions allow, wind farms can be accommodated.
“Our overriding consideration will always be environmental protection and the outcome of the Committee’s deliberations demonstrates a balanced approach to the issues”.
For further information on either application visit www.planningni.gov.uk (Planning references LA09/2015/0459/F and LA09/2015/0460/F)