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Wind turbine measures considered
24 May 2015 12:12
Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly is considering significant new restrictions on the development of wind turbines close to residential property.
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It is understood he has tabled a series of changes to the planning guidelines which would see a dramatic increase beyond the current set-back of 500 meters between wind turbines and private homes.
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Sources close to the process said Mr Kelly favoured pushing the set-back closer to the 700m mark, RTÉ’s This Week has learned.
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In addition to this, Mr Kelly has also drawn up a "height to distance matrix" in which the higher a proposed turbine will be the greater the distance it must be built from a residential dwelling.
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Wind industry sources said this was particularly noteworthy as there was a growing trend to develop taller turbines in areas of typically lower-speed wind.
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The new proposals are contained in new planning guidelines which Minister Kelly has tabled in discussions between officials at his own department and the Department of Communications and Energy and Natural Resources.
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