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The design process and next steps

Road map to the design process



High level review of the country to identify potential areas suitable for wind energy assessment


  • A Project Study Area was identified
  • Environmental & other constraints were identified



Site specific surveys are carried out on a preliminary layout to ground truth the information available
  • Site specific surveys and studies were undertaken
  • A design layout emerged of this project
  • The initial design layout of this project consisted of 25 Turbines


Consultation commenced with the public, local authorities and interested parties based on the design layout

The design layout was presented to the public, local authorities and other interested parties and feedback was received on various aspects of the project


Surveys & Design
  • Feedback from meetings with the public and other interested parties informed the design team and influenced the path of the project
  • Detailed site specific studies and surveys were carried out including ground investigations, ecology, noise, hydrology, human environment, archaeology, landscape etc. These surveys will continue throughout the design process
  • A Technical appraisal was carried out
  • Discussions with the local community continued throughout the design process


Design Review - Interpretation and incorporation of information gathered & Ongoing Consultation
  • Information from the detailed site specific surveys, technical appraisals and all feedback from consultation with the public, local authorities and interested parties was taken into consideration
  • A revised layout consisting of 13 turbines emerged from this design review
  • The revised layout, as detailed here, (Click to view), was presented to the public through one to one meetings and a local public information evening


Current Stage of Design


Assessment and ongoing consultation
  • Public consultation is ongoing
  • An EIS is being prepared and technical appraisals are being finalised
  • A final planning layout will emerge from this process


Prepare & Submit Planning Application

A Planning Application and accompanying Environment Impact Statement (EIS) will be submitted to Westmeath County Council for consideration

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