Application for wind farm outside Lanesboro delayed for third time

A decision by An Bord Pleanála on the application to build a wind farm at Derryadd outside Lanesboro has been delayed for the third time.

The final outcome on the plans may not be known now until after Easter.

The application to erect 24 major wind turbines of 185 metres in height was officially made by Bord na Mona Powergen in January of 2019.

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It was opposed by the “No to Derryadd wind farm” group, as well as a number of individuals who live in the vicinity.

Birdwatch Ireland and the ISPCA have also made their opposition to the farm known.

A three day oral hearing was held in Longford town on the application in the early summer of last year which was addressed by Bord na Mona and the groups opposed to the project.

Further information was sought from the applicant in September of last year and that information was deemed to be “significant” when it arrived back to the appeals board.

Niall Dennigan from the No to Derryad group says they were surprised to see that Bord na Mona finally appeared to be acknowledging the threat to bird-life in their additional information.