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Supreme Court refuses Derrybrien appeal

THE Supreme Court has refused, on grounds including it does not make “futile orders”, to declare that planning decisions relating to a windfarm development on a mountain site at Derrybrien did not permit deforestation of more than 115,000 trees. The site was the scene of a massive bog slide in October 2003 when nearly half a million tonnes of peat and debris was displaced, causing considerable damage to the surrounding area and pollution to a nearby fishing river. Following a 2008 decision of the European Court of Justice that Ireland had not fulfilled its obligations under a 1985 EU Directive related to assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment, a local residents group appealed in 2009 against the 2005 refusal of the High Court to grant injunctions stopping the deforestation. The Chief Justice said, while the Supreme Court was prepared to approach the appeal “on the assumption the planning permission did not cover or …

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Pearl Mussel blows wind farm plan away

An Bord Pleanala has refused planning permission for the construction of a nine turbine wind-farm within sight Doonbeg Golf Resort, as a result of a tiny rare creature likened to “Ireland’s panda”. This follows an appeal by the golf club owner, US billionaire Donald Trump, in addition to objections and observations from over 40 individuals and groups, from the locality, as well as Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE), An Taisce and the Irish Peat Conservation Council (IPCC) against Clare Coastal Wind Power’s project, granted planning permission by Clare County Council last year. The inspector recommended a refusal to the wind-farm – 20 ft taller than Dublin’s Spire – on a number of grounds – including the impact the wind farm would have on views from the golf resort and the impact the wind farm would have on the fresh water pearl mussel. In its order, the appeals board stated that it is not satisfied that the proposal would not …

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Trump gets second chance to oppose windfarm plans

By Dan Danaher AMERICAN billionaire Donald Trump will have another five weeks at least to oppose plans for a new windfarm near his new Doonbeg golf resort, after the initial application was declared “invalid”. Clare County Council has ruled that revised plans submitted by Clare Coastal Wind Power, for the proposed development of a wind farm in the townlands of Carrowmore South, Einagh and Shragh, about two kilometres south of Doonbeg village, are no longer valid. The Clare Champion can reveal that, in a recent letter to the company, the planning authority confirmed it would be returning all plans, drawings and maps, plus a refund of the €3,018 planning fee for the proposed development. The planning authority noted that written consent from individual landowners, who are stated to have consented to the making of the planning application, was not included in correspondence to the authority. “Please ensure that when you are submitting your new application, it meets all the requirements …

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