Thursday 22 March 2018

Council turns down solar farm plan at Banogue

Fintan Lambe

Wexford County Council has refused planning permission for a new solar farm on an eleven hectare site at Banogue, Courtown.

Renewable Energy Solutions (RES) Ltd. applied to create a temporary ground mounted solar farm to generate renewable electricity, which was to include solar arrays and associated infrastructure.

The Council said its reason for refusal was that 'the proposed development due to its scale, siting, and elevated nature of the site, fails to have regard to its setting in the landscape and, therefore, would have an adverse effect on the visual amenity of the area and be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.'

The inspector's report noted that Wexford County Council is pro-active in promoting the green economy in rural areas, but this support 'is not carte blanche and is based on the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.'

It added 'Wexford County Council is being extremely careful in the extent of solar development it permits and, in particular, with their impacts on the landscape of County Wexford.'

Enniscorthy Guardian