Rockchapple in the north Cork Mountains is already known as the Sitka spruce capital of Ireland. Now, developers who already have permission for wind turbines in these mountains are seeking to construct a further 13. They have split these into two applications, doubling the costs for objectors.

FIE is grateful to the anonymous correspondent who provided an excellent submission but who, as with so many in Ireland, felt unable to object in public.

The proposed site is located in a designated Special Protection Area for the hen harrier. This developer already has permission for nearby turbines - but only on condition that a study on the interaction of the turbines and hen harriers was carried out on site.

As this wind farm is not yet constructed the study can not be done.

Thus the cumulative impact of these developments on the range and scale of foraging areas critical to the survival of the Hen harrier remains unknown. To grant permission now risks a developer investing in a multi-million development and subsequently being required to cease


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