McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan (MKO) have recently secured planning permission for two significant renewable energy developments, which have now successfully cleared all procedural processes.
Cloncreen Wind Farm
As lead Planning & Environmental consultants for the Bord na Móna Cloncreen wind farm project in Co Offaly, MKO are pleased that An Bord Pleanála recently granted planning permission for the project. The development met the threshold for Strategic Infrastructure Development under Section 37b of the Planning and Development Act 2000 as amended, i.e. 25 turbines or 50 Megawatts, and as such was submitted directly to An Bord Pleanála.
The application was lodged in October 2016 and granted planning permission in May 2017. The granted development comprises, 21 No. turbines with blade tip height up to 170m, 1 No. substation, 1 No. met mast, access roads, 1 No. borrow pit, grid connection cabling, junction accommodation works, and all ancillary works.
County Tipperary Solar Array
At the end of July last, Tipperary County Council issued a notification of grant of planning permission for a 5.9MW Solar PV array at Monroe East, Ardfinnan, Co. Tipperary. The application, which was prepared, compiled and submitted by MKO was for the development of 38,600 sq. m of Solar PV panels within an overall site area of approx. 14.6 Ha (36 acres). The proposal also includes the provision of associated control cabins, inverter units, security fencing, underground cabling, site entrance, CCTV stands and landscaping.
The planning authority took account of various issues in their assessment of the planning application including natural heritage, built heritage and archaeology. This planning permission and the future development of the solar array will contribute to Ireland meeting its International and European obligations in relation to carbon emissions and renewable energy. MKO is delighted to have led this project through the design and planning process to a final decision to grant by Tipperary County Council.