Councillors approve proposal to limit night time windfarm noise

Thu, Apr 28, 2016

A variation to the County Development Plan which would place certain limits on windfarm development in Westmeath has been unanimously approved by councillors.

The elected members went against the advice of the council’s chief executive Pat Gallagher, and the Department of the Environment, to approve the variation, which aims 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, in line with the rest of the county.

In a report to councillors at Monday’s meeting of Westmeath County Council, Mr Gallagher summarised the 128 submissions which were received between February 23 and March 23 this year regarding the proposed variation.


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