P. Fitzpatrick & Sons Ltd. - Renewable Energy for Quarry

 

Renewable Energy Source for Mourne Quarry - P/2012/0342/F

Quarryplan obtained planning permission for a 225kW single wind turbine with a hub height of 41m on lands north of the existing Leode Quarry, Hilltown. 

The Project

The application was for a single wind turbine to be located adjacent to an existing hard rock (gritstone) quarry at Leode, Hilltown close to the Mourne Mountains Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  The 225kW wind turbine had a hub height of 41m and an overall (tower and blade) height of c. 56m.  The site of the turbine is at an elevation of c. 215mAOD. 

The electricity generated by the turbine will be employed by the quarry operator (the Applicant) for day to day use within the quarry business.  It is expected that the turbine could potentially produce 70 - 75% of the quarry's annual electricity requirements. 

The application was accompanied by a supporting document detailing the planning merits of the proposed development along with key environmental assessments with respect to matters pertaining to ecology (including Bats), landscape and visual, archaeology (desk top study), noise assessment and shadow flicker analysis. 

Application Time Frame

The application was lodged with DOE Planning (Craigavon) in May 2012 and the decision was issued in January 2013.  During the 7 month processing period, there were no 'further information' requests issued by the Department. 

For further information on the application and project please contact Gareth McCallion.