Laois-Offaly TD Carol Nolan (Ind) has called on Bord na Mona to abandon plans to construct up to 17 wind turbines, each up to 220 metres in height, in Lemanaghan Bog.
Bord na Mona lodged a pre-application consultation with An Bord Pleanála in mid-July, and they say they expect to lodge a full planning application directly to An Bord Pleanála in Autumn 2022.
Deputy Nolan said that locals have been left “stunned” by the scale and visual impact of the turbines and that the project must be abandoned to protect the historic and archaeological value of the bog to be fully protected.
The Deputy said that “the plans for these 17 “massive and unsightly turbines in the middle of an area of special conservative value” demonstrated that Bord na Mona had not taken the views of locals into consideration and that the project would cause “permanent historical damage.”
“The local community and those opposed to the wind farm,” the Deputy said, “will continue to strongly oppose this development and I will continue to vigorously support them in those efforts.”
Bord na Mona have said that Lemanaghan Bog is approximately 1,200 hectare in size, and that the proposed windfarm will only take up about 5% of the bog’s total area. This, they say, means that the rest of the bog “can be utilised for other purposes, such as biodiversity and amenity.”