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Foreshore approval sought for investigation works for proposed wind farm off Dundalk coast

Foreshore approval sought for investigation works for proposed wind farm off Dundalk coast

Oriel Windfarm Ltd have applied for a foreshore approval for the purpose of carrying out site investigation works for a proposed wind farm development off the coast of Dundalk.

A public notice of the firm’s application for the foreshore approval has been sent to the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government in recent days. The company have sought it for geophysical, geotechnical, ecological and metocean site investigation works.

They say the foreshore approval is “for the purpose of carrying out site investigation works to acquire baseline data for wind farm design, wind resource and environmental studies of the proposed Oriel Wind Farm project 22km off the coast of Dundalk, Co Louth and to carry out further environmental studies of the area in the vicinity of the proposed development.”

A copy of the application and the relevant maps, plans, reports and drawings is available for inspection until Tuesday December 18th.

The documentation is also available on the Department’s website here.

Any person who wishes to make an objection to, or a representation in respect of the grant of the consent sought should do so in writing, giving reasons, (quoting ref: FS 006840) to Marine Environment – Foreshore Section, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Newtown Road, Wexford or foreshore@housing.gov.ie. The closing date for submissions is close of business on December 21st.

All objections and representations received will be forwarded to the applicant for comment prior to any decision being made in the matter.

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