Project: Five wind turbines (11.5 MW total)
Location: Ballyrogan Road, Garvagh, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Turbine: 2.3MW Enercon E70
Dimensions: 85m hub height, 35.5m blade length, 120.5m overall height
NGR: E279340, N417070 (lat 54.99479900, long -6.76111842)
Status: Planning Permission Granted 11th April 2013
Assessment of potential visual impact
The proposed development site is located on an open area of primarily rough grazing pasture within the townland of Upper Ballyrogan approximately 4.3 kilometres north west of Garvagh, County Londonderry.
The proposed development consists of five wind turbines, one permanent metrological monitoring mast, associated transformers, substation, temporary site compound, site access tracks and associated cabling. The development has a life expectancy of 25 years, generating electricity fed back into the national grid system and sold to a third party.
TCI Renewables commissioned various detailed independent technical studies and assessments to be carried out at the between late-2010 and early-2012 on a wide ranging number of environmental issues. Full ecology studies (including birds, bats, flora & fauna), sound impact assessments, landscape and visual assessments, geology, hydrology, peat and archaeological assessments were carried out. The findings of these surveys are presented within the Environmental Impact Statement which accompanied the application submitted to Belfast Planning Service Special Studies Division.
Environmental and Economic Benefits:
The wind farm will produce a net saving of approximately 12,185 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 304,635 tonnes of CO2. Based on British Wind Energy Association figures for average annual UK household electricity consumption of 4,700 kWh, the wind cluster will provide the equivalent electricity for approximately 6,029 homes per year.
An estimated £2,250,000 will be spent in the local economy on; development, financing, legal arrangements, delivery, construction, materials, plant and auxiliary equipment. A single land owner is involved in this development, and will receive an annual income from the sale of electricity from the wind turbines for the lifetime of the project. A wind farm offers farmers an option for diversification for lands which are typically upland grazing, marginal in quality and offering relatively poor returns.
Submitted to Belfast Planning Service Headquarters Special Studies Division in June 2012. The application was supported by a full Environmental Impact Assessment of the site and the development.
Copies of the planning application and the environmental documents may be inspected free of charge at the following places:
17-25 Great Victoria Street
T: 00 +44 (0)28 9041 6700
Coleraine Borough Council
66 Portstewart Road
T: 00 +44 (0)28 7034 7034
T: 00 +44 (0)28 2955 8500
Printed copies of the Non-Technical Summary (NTS) and the Environment Statement (ES) may be also be obtained from TCI Renewables Limited.
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