Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (94)

Denis Naughten


94. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the timeline for the implementation of revised planning regulations covering wind turbines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4838/14]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

My Department is currently undertaking a targeted review of the Wind Energy Development Guidelines 2006 focusing on the issues of noise, proximity and shadow flicker. Draft revised guidelines were published by my Department on 11 December 2013 for the purposes of public consultation. All interested parties are welcome to make written submissions during the consultation period, the closing date of which is 21 February 2014. Once the consultation period is closed, the submissions received on the draft guidelines will be considered and taken into account in the final form of the revised guidelines which I would expect to issue by the end of June. The final revised guidelines will issue under section 28 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000, which will require both planning authorities and An Bord Pleanála to have regard to them in the assessment of planning applications.