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White Hill Wind Limited is applying for planning permission for the construction and operation of a 7-turbine wind farm and associated site development works in the townlands of Ridge, Knocknabranagh and Knockbaun, Baunreagh, and Agharue, Co. Carlow; and Coolcullen, Cloneen and Coan East, Co. Kilkenny.

Following consultations with An Bord Pleanála, it has been determined that the proposed development is a Strategic Infrastructure Development which necessitates a planning application being made directly to An Bord Pleanála. It is a requirement of An Bord Pleanála that a dedicated planning application website is created which includes all of the application documentation.


The planning application, Environmental Impact Assessment Report and Natura Impact Statement may be inspected free of charge or purchased on payment of a specified fee (which shall not exceed the reasonable cost of making such a copy) during public opening hours for a period of seven weeks commencing on 23 December 2022 at the following locations:- 

·      The Offices of An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, D01 V902; 

·      The Offices of Carlow County Council, County Buildings, Athy Road, Carlow, R93 E7R7; and 

·      The Offices of Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny, R95 A39T. 


Submissions or observations may be made only to An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, D01 V902; or via the Board’s website; relating to:- 

·      The implications of the proposed development for proper planning and sustainable development; and 

·      The likely effects on the environment of the proposed development; and 

·      The likely significant effects of the proposed development on a European site, if carried out. 


Any submissions or observations must be accompanied by a fee of €50 (except for certain prescribed bodies) and must be received by the Board not later than 5.30 p.m. on 19 February 2023. Such submissions or observations must also include the following information:- 

·      The name of the person making the submission or observation, the name of the person acting on his or her behalf, if any, and the address to which any correspondence relating the application should be sent; and 

·      The subject matter of the submission or observation; and 

·      The reasons, consideration and arguments on which the submission or observation is based in full (Article 217 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001, as amended, refers).


1. Letter to An Bord


2. Letter to Co Carlow Planning Authority 

3. Letter to Co Kilkenny Planning Authority 

4. Planning Application


5. Site Notice

6. Newspaper Notice 1

7. Newspaper Notice 2

8. Newspaper Notice 3

9. Letters to Prescribed


10. EIA Portal Confirmation


11. Natura Impact 



12. Planning Drawings


EIAR Preface


Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Assessment of Project Alternatives

Chapter 3 Description of the Proposed Development

Chapter 4 Population & Human Health

Chapter 5 Biodiversity

Chapter 6 Land & Soil

Chapter 7 Water

Chapter 8 Air Quality & Climate

Chapter 9 Landscape

Chapter 10 Cultural Heritage

Chapter 11 Noise & Vibration

Chapter 12 Shadow Flicker

Chapter 13 Material Assets

Chapter 14 Interactions of Foregoing

Non-Technical Summary



Annex 1.1 Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Report

Annex 1.2 Record of Meeting with An Bord Pleanála

Annex 1.3 Strategic Infrastructure Devevelopment Determination

Annex 1.4 Scoping Response from Carlow County Council

Annex 1.5 Scoping Response from Kilkenny County Council

Annex 1.6 Kilkenny County Council Meeting Minutes

Annex 1.7 Sample Consultation Letter

Annex 1.8 Consultation Responses

Annex 1.9 Community Report

Annex  1.10 Schedule of Mitigation Measures

Annex 2.1 Alternative Site Locations

Annex 2.2 Alternative Site Layouts

Annex 2.3 Alternative Grid Connections

Annex 2.4 Alternative Construction Material Suppliers & Haul Routes

Annex 2.5 Alternative Replant Lands

Annex 3.1 Overall Site Location

Annex 3.2 Wind Farm Site Layout

Annex 3.3 Wind Turbine Elevations & Plan

Annex 3.4 Planning-Stage Construction Environmental Management Plan

Annex 3.5 Route Access Survey

Annex 3.6 Electricity Substation & Grid Connection

Annex 3.7 Electricity Substation Compound

Annex 3.8 Felling Plan

Annex 5.1 Bird Survey Schedules

Annex 5.2 Biodiversity Evaluation Scheme

Annex 5.3 Bird Survey Flightlines

Annex 5.4 Bird Transect & Point Country Surveys

Annex 5.5 Passive Bat Detector & Trail Camera Deployment


Annex 6.1 Geothechnical & Peat Stability Risk Assessment

Annex 6.2 Trial Pit Logs

Annex 7.1 Water Sampling Results

Annex 7.2 Hydrology Constraints Map

Annex 7.3 Water Framework Directive Report

Annex 8.1 Ambient Air Quality Standards

Annex 8.2 Planning Stage Dust Minimisation Plan

Annex 9.1 Photomontages.

Annex 11.1 Glossary of Acoustic Terms

Annex 11.2 Noise Modelling Parameters

Annex 11.3 Coordinates of Noise Sensitive Locations

Annex 11.4 Noise Meter Calibration Certificates

Annex 11.5 Noise Modelling Results

Annex 11.6 Noise Model Contour Map

Annex 11.7 Cumulative Noise Modelling

Annex 11.8 Cumulative Noise Model Contour Map

Annex 11.9 Outline Noise Monitoring Programme

Annex 12.1 Dwellings Map

Annex 12.2 Shadow Flicker Assessment

Annex 12.3 Cumulative Shadow Flicker Modellin

Annex 12.4 Outline Shadow Flicker Monitoring Programme

Annex 13.1 Stage 1 Road Safety Audit

Annex 13.2 Air Corps Wind Farm - Tall Structures Positions Paper

Annex 13.3 2rn Protocol

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