Wind turbine planned for Ballaghaderreen

Coillte have lodged a planning application with Roscommon County Council to erect a wind turbine, almost 100 metres tall, in Ballaghaderreen.

  The application, submitted to the local authority last Friday, is to develop the turbine in Doon Forest, about 5 km north of the northwest Roscommon town.

  The proposed wind turbine would be located on lands that are currently used for commercial forestry, in the townlands of Largan and Drumacoo.

  There is already a nine-turbine wind farm at Largan Hill, located adjacent to the west and southwesthern boundary of the Doon site.

  A Coillte spokesperson said that, since June, they had been engaging with members of the local community around the proposed development, carrying out door-to-door consultation, receiving feedback and answering queries.

  Coillte has also delivered a brochure and feedback form to homes in the area and signage has been erected on the proposed site to inform the community that use the site for amenity purposes.

  Ashley Culbert, the wind energy project manager with Coillte, said: “Coillte has lodged a planning application for a single wind turbine at Doon Forest.

  “This application follows a rigorous assessment of the site to determine its suitability for wind energy production.

  “The proposed development will be limited to one wind turbine, with a tower height of up to 65 metres and an overall tip height not exceeding 92.5 metres, which is middle of the range for turbines now being installed in Ireland.”

  Wind turbine development has been strongly opposed in Co. Roscommon recently.

  Construction of 20 wind turbines on Sliabh Bán, Strokestown, is currently underway, despite a intense local campaign against the project.

  A planning application to erect two turbines in Fourmilehouse also angered residents and permission was rejected earlier this year by An Bord Pleanála.