Feystown Wind Farm

News Update July 2016

Planning permission for 7 turbines was refused by the Planning Appeals Commission on 6th July 2016. We are very disappointed with the decision and will review the decision in details before considering next steps.

The site is located approximately 4km south of Glenarm and 16km north west of Larne in the townlands of Duntiege, Clady and Auld Alias Gowkstown.  It lies west of the ridge of high ground formed by Black Hill, Ballygilbert Hill and Scawt Hill, and runs parallel to Feystown Road. The proposed scheme would have an installed capacity of 13.8MW, comprising 6 turbines, each with a maximum blade tip height of 120.5m and a hub height of 85m. Access to the site would be from the Feystown Road via the upgrade and extension of an existing access over private lands.

The proposal was developed following a long period of Environmental Impact Assessment, including a Public Exhibition and discussions with local representatives, culminating in the submission of a planning application in May 2013 accompanied by a full Environmental Statement.  As a result of the consultation process an ES Addendum/ Further Environmental Information (FEI) was submitted to DOE Planning in July 2014 and the number of turbines reduced from 9 to 6.

As proposed, this project supports National and EU objectives for promoting renewable energy development and achieving the Northern Ireland target of 40% of electricity supply to be generated from renewable sources by 2020.  With an installed capacity of 13.8MW, the Feystown Wind Farm proposal could generate 55 million kwh of clean, green electricity per year, enough to supply 16, 699 homes and reduce CO2 emissions by 24, 483 tonnes.

Additionally, ABO Wind NI Ltd is dedicated to ensuring that its wind farms contribute directly to local communities therefore a Community Fund would be established for the entire lifetime of the wind farm development.

The planning application and related documents and correspondence are available to view on the DOE Planning Public Access website. A hard copy of the Environmental Statement can be viewed at Larne Library, 36 Pound Street, Larne, BT40 1SQ.

If you are interested in any further information or would like to speak to us about the proposal, please contact the Project Manager:

ABO Wind N.I. Ltd.
Tamasin Fraser
Unit 6 Balmoral Business Park
Boucher Crescent
Northern Ireland
BT12 6HU
Phone: +44 (0) 28 9099 6445
Email: ni(at)abo-wind.com