Thirteen objections lodged against Glenties windfarm proposals

Thirteen separate objections have been lodged against the awarding of planning permission for a major wind farm development in Glenties.

An Bord Pleanála must now decide if it will uphold a  Council decision to allow the development of 25 wind turbines, 4 burrow pits, a substation, peat disposal units and the clearcutting of conifer plantation.

The planning boards decision will be known in July.

Among the objectors to the development are the Gweebarra Conservation Group, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council and numerous local individuals.

They are opposed to a county council decision to allow Straboy Wind Energy Limited go ahead with the project located across a number of townlands in the Glenties area.

The reasons given for objecting are numerous, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council is concerned at the development's proximity to areas designated for nature conservation.

The Golden Eagle trust has also expressed concern about the development and the impact it will have on the ongoing breeding of Golden Eagle's in Donegal.

Gweebarra Conservation Group has submitted a 105 page objection, as well as taking issue with how the entire planning process has been handled, it objects on a number of grounds not least that 500 homes and the entrire town of Glenties with many much closer than the internationally recomended 2km of the site.

A decision on whether the development can go ahead will be known by July