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Wind Beneath Your Whinge

Latest press release from Cllr Derek Mitchell, issued on Wednesday, May 20th 2020…

I welcome today’s announcement that 7 projects are decided as Relevant Projects to move forward to the next consent stage.

We need to use the wind resources to save carbon. However I am concerned about the visual impact of the Bray and Kish Bank one. The development of a large wind farm with a smaller visual effect, well out to sea, should take priority over a small one with a larger visual effect. There should be a limit to the visual effect permitted in towns.

In 2005, the Codling Wind Park obtained a wind farm licence for 220 turbines which are 15km from the coast at the nearest point, Greystones and Kilcoole. The plan had a 25 degree angle of view from Greystones and generated 1100 Mw, possibly the largest of any proposed in Ireland. There is talk of an extension to this which may produce a combined total of 2GW, over 50% of the national target of 3.5GW.

The Kish/Bray bank application, not yet consented, was for 145 turbines, the nearest within 9km of the coast producing about 600MW. The displayed Visual Impact documents said it would have an angle of view of 62 degrees from Greystones, and probably about 90 degrees from Bray. They describe the impact as ‘adverse moderate’ on Greystones and ‘adverse major’ on the view from the Cliff Walk.

These projects will apply under a new Marine Planning Bill and I will be objecting to the visual impact of the Bray Bank one.

It is also necessary for the nearest coastal areas to benefit and the new process must include that.