Decisions on 2 solar farms proposed for Tipperary deferred

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Planning decisions on two solar farms in County Tipperary have been deferred.

Both sites – one near Roscrea and the other in Ardfinnan – are with An Bord Pleanala for a ruling.

Tipperary County Council granted permission for a 140 acre solar farm at Derrymore just a few kilometres from Roscrea last July.

The company behind the proposals – IGP Solar 8 Ltd – promised a €50,000 contribution to the local area.

However the granting of planning was appealed to An Bord Pleanala by the Derrymore Solar Farm Concern Group who are strongly opposed to the plans.

A decision was due from the state planning appeals board this week but this has been delayed as the file is still with the inspector.

A similar situation has arisen with plans for a solar farm near Ardfinnan in the south of the county.

In this case Tipperary County Council had refused permission for a 23 acre site at Magherareagh (Macra) on the Clogheen side of the village last July.

This decision was subsequently appealed by the company behind the plans, County Cork based Premier Solar.

The state planning appeals board was due to issue a ruling early this month – however the file is also still with the An Bord Pleanala inspector.

There is no revised date for a decision on either appeal.