High Court quashes planning refusal for proposed wind farm
A public meeting is to be called to consider a High Court ruling which "quashed in its entirety" a refusal by An Bord Pleanála to grant planning permission for a wind farm.
The Kildare Environmental Awareness Campaign group (Keag) is opposing plans for the 47-turbine wind farm on the Kildare-Meath border.
In his judgment yesterday, Mr Justice Robert Haughton ruled that the application for the Maighne wind farm should be sent back to An Board Pleanála for reconsideration.
The judge said he was setting aside its refusal decision on grounds including that irrelevant considerations were taken into account by the planning authority when it turned down an application by Element Power Ireland Ltd.
In 2015, the company sought planning permission from the board to construct 45 turbines in north west Co Kildare and two in Co Meath, as well as a substation, underground cables, and 31km of access tracks.
In October 2016, the board refused to grant permission.
The proposed turbines were to be developed in five clusters and would be 169m high.
The board said it was turning down the proposal on grounds including that, in the absence of any national wind energy strategy with a spatial dimension for the areas concerned, it would be premature.