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Planning permission granted for huge solar farm in Kilsallaghan

Fingal County Council has granted planning permission for a huge solar farm in Kilsallaghan, which will spread over 105 hectares in Fieldstown.

The site will consist of 14 agricultural fields in the townlands of Whitestown and Fieldstown, as well as including an enclosure of archaeological interest that will be subject to the statutory protection afforded to it under the National Monuments Act.

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According to the planning application, the project will include one client substation, 33 MV power stations and eight battery storage containers, as well as a temporary construction compound.

The solar panels will be mounted on steel supports and will rise 3.1 metres off the ground.

The planning permission was granted under certain conditions.

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The permission will be granted for 30 years and all traces of the development must be removed after this time period, the land must also be restored to agricultural use unless further permission is granted.

Mitigation measures must also be taken to reduce glint and glare from the panels, and all service buildings on the site must be clad in natural grey stone.

In regards to the site’s construction, all work must be carried out between 8am and 7pm on weekdays and 8am to 2pm on Saturdays, no work will be permitted to take place on Sundays or bank holidays.

A Biodiversity Management plan, that details how certain elements of how the natural habitat will be preserved, must also be submitted.

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