TCI Renewables Projects, Ballyutoag

Ballyutoag

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Project: Five wind turbines (up to 11.5 MW total)
Location: Land approximately 1 km North of 71 Ballyutoag Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, BT14 8SS
Turbine: up to 3MW
Dimensions: up to 57m hub height, up to 71m rotor diameter, 92.5m overall height.
Irish Grid: 327938, 379634
Status: Granted planning permission 21st December 2015
Resources:
Non-Technical Summary

Location:
The proposed development site is located in an area of rough grazing pasture, approximately 1 km North of 71 Ballyutoag Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, BT14 8SS.

Summary:
The proposed development will comprise 5 wind turbines, up to a maximum of 92.5m base to blade tip height (Up to 57m hub height and up to 71m blade diameter), associated transformers, a permanent anemometer mast, extension of existing and construction of new site access tracks, gates and road improvement works at the site entrance, substation and site control room, communication tower, electrical cabling, temporary site compound and all other associated and ancillary works. The development has an operational life expectancy of 25 years, generating electricity which will be fed back into the national grid system and sold to a third party.

Ballyutoag Wind Farm Ltd. c/o TCI Renewables Limited, commissioned various detailed independent technical studies to be carried out between 2013 and 2014 to assess the potential for the proposed development to impact on a wide range of environmental aspects. Full ecology studies, including birds, bats, flora & fauna, noise studies, landscape and visual impact assessments, shadow flicker analysis, geology, hydrology and archaeological assessments were carried out. The findings of these surveys are presented within the Environmental Statement which accompanies the application. This document was submitted to the Planning Service Headquarters, Strategic Planning Office, based at Causeway Exchange, 1-7 Bedford Street , Belfast, BT27EG, for their consideration.

Environmental and Economic Benefits:
The wind farm will produce a net saving of approximately 14,811 tonnes of CO2 per annum through displacing fossil fuel fired generation. Over the 25 year life of the wind farm it will displace, at current comparisons, approximately 370,275 tonnes of CO2. Based on British Wind Energy Association figures for average annual UK household electricity consumption of 4,229 kWh, this development will provide the equivalent electricity for approximately 8,145 homes every year.

An estimated £14.6 million will be spent in the delivery of this project and of this, an estimated £2.19 million will be spent in the local economy in project development, financing, legal arrangements, delivery, construction, materials, plant and auxiliary equipment. A wind farm offers farmers an option for diversification for these uplands which are marginal in quality and currently offer relatively poor returns under their current animal grazing landuse. The proposed Ballyutoag Wind farm will be on lands owned by two private land owners, each of which will receive an annual income from the sale of electricity from the wind turbines during the lifetime of the project.

Planning Application:
Submitted to Belfast Planning Service Headquarters, in Mid November 2014. The planning application was accompanied by a full Environmental Impact Assessment. Copies of the planning application and the environmental documents may be inspected free of charge at the following places:

Strategic planning Office,
Planning Group
Causeway Exchange
1-7 Bedford Street
Belfast, BT2 7EG
T: 0300 200 7830
(By appointment only)

Antrim Borough Council
Antrim Civic Centre
50 Stiles Way
Antrim, BT41 2UB
T + 44 (0) 28 94463113
(By appointment only)

Templepatrick Post Office
Unit 6, The Milestone Shopping Centre,
954 Antrim Road, Templepatrick, Ballyclare, County Antrim,
BT39 OAT
T + 44 (0) 28 94433642

Printed copies of the Non-Technical Summary (NTS) and the Environment Statement (ES) may be obtained from:
TCI Renewables Limited, and from

Templepatrick Post Office
Unit 6, The Milestone Shopping Centre,
954 Antrim Road, Templepatrick, Ballyclare, County Antrim,
BT39 OAT
T + 44 (0) 28 94433642