Members of Council’s Planning Committee voted unanimously last wednesday to grant planning permission for a new wood energy plant in Cloughmills.
The proposed installation would manufacture up to 60 tonnes per annum of virgin timber pellets for use as renewable fuel in domestic, commercial and small scale industrial combustion facilities.
The description given in the planner’s report says : “The size of the site extends to approximately 2.96 hectares and is located just beyond the south west fringe of Cloughmills village settlement development limit. The site is accessed via the entrance laneway which serves an existing animal feed plant and intensive pig rearing facility. ”
“The site incorporates a large area of agricultural land (semi improved grassland) with existing development on three sides: the animal feed plant along part of the south-eastern (roadside) boundary; and the intensive pig rearing facility along both the south-western and north-eastern boundaries.”
“Two individual wind turbines also exist adjacent the site. The site currently incorporates both a slurry storage tank along the western boundary and a silage pit to the southern corner. The eastern half of the site is fairly level before rising fairly steeply towards the north-eastern / eastern boundary.”