Thursday, 5 December 2019

Questions (311)

Michael Harty


311. Deputy Michael Harty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the criteria in relation to noise pollution from windfarms. [50843/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government is undertaking a review of the 2006 Wind Energy Development Guidelines in conjunction with my Department. The review is addressing a number of key aspects including sound or noise, visual amenity setback distances, shadow flicker, community obligation, community dividend and grid connections.

As part of the overall review process, a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) is being undertaken on the revised Guidelines before they come into effect. The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government will shortly launch a public consultation on the revised draft Guidelines, together with the comprehensive environmental report. Finalised Guidelines will be prepared following detailed analysis and consideration of the submissions received during the consultation phase, and the conclusion of the SEA process.

When finalised, the revised Guidelines will be issued by the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government under section 28 of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended. Planning authorities and, where applicable, An Bord Pleanála, must have regard to guidelines issued under section 28 in the performance of their functions generally under the Planning Acts. In the meantime, the current 2006 Wind Energy Development Guidelines remain in force.