Carrick-on-Shannon battery storage facility given go ahead

An Bord Pleanala has upheld planning permission for a controversial energy plant in Carrick-on-Shannon.

Several objections were lodged with the planning authority against Roscommon County Council’s decision to grant permission for the large facility at Flagford.

Dublin-based Kinbrace Limited has applied for planning permission to develop 31 rechargeable battery units in 40-foot containers at Flagford, just outside the town.

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The proposed facility was strongly opposed by local residents who voiced a number of concerns in relation to noise, traffic, flooding and fire risk.

Despite these concerns which were highlighted at several public meetings and eighty objections, Roscommon County Council granted the company permission to proceed in June of last year subject to 13 conditions.

Four appeals were then lodged with An Bord Pleanala against the proposal.

Now it’s emerged that the planning authority has given the go ahead for the contentious development.

Local residents were today reluctant to speak about this latest setback.

But campaigner John Joe McDermott told Shannonside FM that they will be reviewing their options in relation to the next move they can make.