The planning and construction of windfarms is happening throughout the country, due to the 2020 target of completely renewable energy sources in Ireland. These developments are heavily supported by foreign investments. However, there remain some issues which are of environmental more so than financial concern. Proposed windfarm locations which have previously received status as SAC (Special Area of Conservation) and SPA (Special Protection Area) clearly require not only careful environmental assessment, but also considered sensitivity to the impact such windfarms could have upon neighbouring communities. It is important to find the right balance between civic duty, the protection of the natural environment and the requirements of local communities.
O’Connell & Clarke Solicitors have acted on many such cases for numerous groups and individuals, providing advice on planning permission, considering issues surrounding noise pollution and any interference with natural light, in addition to judicial reviews.