Timahoe North Project,

Co. Kildare

Planning Application

Bord na Móna Powergen Ltd. and ESB Wind Development Ltd have applied to An Bord Pleanála for planning permission for the proposed construction of an electrical substation, overhead line grid connection and all associated site works in the townland of Timahoe East, County Kildare.

This application is being made directly to An Bord Pleanála as 'Strategic Infrastructure Development' (SID) under the provisions of Section 37 of the Planning and Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Act 2006, the Planning and Development Act 2000 as amended, and the associated Planning Regulations. This position was confirmed by An Bord Pleanála to the applicant on 30th May 2018 (following pre-application consultations with the Board, (Ref: ABP- 300398-17 refers).

The proposed development will constitute the provision of the following:

  • 1no. 110kV onsite electrical substation with associated electrical plant, electrical
  • equipment, welfare facilities and waste water holding tank and security fencing
  • 110kV overhead line grid connection cabling
  • Upgrade of existing tracks and provision of new site access roads
  • Site drainage
  • All associated site development and ancillary works
A ten-year planning permission is being sought. The application documentation includes an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) and a Natura Impact Statement (NIS).

The proposed development forms part of a larger renewable energy project at this location. The Timahoe solar energy project is the subject of a planning application directly to Kildare County Council, as instructed by the Board in the direction that issued. The larger renewable energy project provides for a solar photovoltaic array and all associated infrastructure including temporary construction compounds, battery storage compound, upgrade of existing tracks and provision of new site access roads, site drainage, forestry felling and replanting, permanent signage and all associated site development and ancillary works.