Bord na Móna is proposing to develop a wind farm on Lemanaghan Bog located in North West Offaly.
The proposed development will be known as Lemanaghan Wind Farm.
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The proposed turbines will have an overall blade tip height of up to 220 metres.
The turbine layout has been designed with a minimum setback distance of 4 times the tip height (880 metres) to the nearest house.
It is envisaged that a planning application will be lodged in Autumn 2022 for the proposed development. It is intended to submit the planning permission application directly to An Bord Pleanála, under the provisions of the Planning and Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Act 2006. An initial approach is therefore being made to An Bord Pleanála seeking a determination in relation to the Strategic Infrastructure Development (SID) status, or otherwise, of the proposed wind farm development.
Lemanaghan Bog compromises of circa 1,200 hectares. Only approximately 5% of this area will be used for turbine bases, crane hard-standings and access tracks, so much of the land area will not be required by the development. This means that it can be utilised for other purposes, such as biodiversity and amenity.
The electricity generated by the turbines will be transmitted directly onto Ireland’s National Grid which is managed by EirGrid for distribution around the country. The proposed development will make a significant contribution to Irelands Climate Action Plan 2019, which has a set a target of 8.2GW of onshore wind capacity by 2030.
The project team is conducting a number of onsite surveys including ecology surveys, ornithology surveys, heritage surveys and site investigation work. In addition to these site works, we are also looking to consult with the community on the draft wind turbine layout.