TCI Renewables Projects, Crockbaravally

Crockbaravally Re-submission

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Project: Three turbines (up to a total of 6.9MW)
Location: Whitebridge Road, Sixmilecross, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Turbine: Generic turbine up to 126.5m tip height
Dimensions: Increase in overall turbine height from 99.5m to up to 126.5m, rotor diameter from 71m up to 93m and turbine tower height from 64m to up to 85m.
Status: Granted planning permission 02nd July 2013
Resources: Supplementary Information

Location:
The site is located in the townland of Crockbaravally, approximately eight kilometres north of Ballygawley, County Tyrone. Located within upland hills, the site area consists of a mixture of open moorland and coniferous forest.

Summary:
The Crockbaravally project was originally granted planning permission for three wind turbines with an overall height of 99.5m in 5th March 2012. TCI Renewables are seeking to increase the overall height and rotor diameter as the existing consented turbines are sub-optimal, this amendment will allow the maximum envelope of turbine models to be made available for the proposal.

TCI Renewables wrote to the planning service on 8th March 2012 seeking a determination Under Part II Regulation 6-(1) of The Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 (Amended 2008) for an amendment to the existing Planning Permission to seek the following changes to the approved plans:

  1. Increase in overall turbine height from 99.5m to up to 126.5m, rotor diameter from 71m up to 93m and turbine tower height from 64m to up to 85m.
  2. Provision for potential increase in foundation dimensions, from 16.8m diameter to up to 21m x 21m.
The request sought confirmation whether the proposed amendments would require a new Environmental Impact Assessment as defined by the same Regulations. Planning Service responded formally by letter on 19th June 2012 (received 4th July 2012) that an Environmental Statement was not required.

A formal planning application seeking the amendments was submitted on 6th July 2012 and is currently awaiting determination.

Planning Application:
Submitted to Belfast Planning Service Headquarters Special Studies Division in July 2012. The application was supported by supplementary information on the proposed amendments and any perceived environmental impacts from the development.

Copies of the planning application and the supplementary information may be inspected free of charge at the following location:

Planning Service
Millennium House
17-25 Great Victoria Street
Belfast
BT2 7BN
(028) 9041 6700
(Strictly by appointment only)

Alternatively there is also the opportunity to keep updated with the application and view the complete Environmental Statement for free using the Public Access search facility available on the Northern Ireland Planning Service website.