“Pathetic” move by Minister to overturn Westmeath windfarm guidelines - Troy

Thu, May 26, 2016

Deputy Robert Troy has branded “pathetic” a directive from the Department of the Environment which proposes to overturn Westmeath County Council’s windfarm planning guidelines.

Minister for the Environment Simon Coveney informed councillors this week that he was overruling a variation they had made to the County Development Plan, which would place certain limits on windfarm development.

Using his powers under Section 31 of the Planning and Development Act, Minister Coveney is directing the council to delete the variations, which aim to impose a night time noise limit of 30db, define equine facilities as noise-sensitive receptors, and designate Area 7 of the wind development map - an area to the east and northeast of Athlone - as an area of low capacity.


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