Northern Ireland

Exhibition on plan for wind farm in County Antrim

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Residents of a County Antrim village are being invited to a public exhibition later, to hear plans for a proposed wind farm.

They will be able to view the proposals for the Altaveedan wind farm, at the Millenium Centre in Loughguile.

It will consist of nine 100 metre high wind turbines. Both Sinn Fein and the DUP are concerned that local views on the plan are considered.

SF MLA for North Antrim, Daithi McKay said this was very important.

"We would be generally supportive of renewable energy," he said.

"But obviously there are some concerns about this application. The detail about it is limited. We want to try and ensure that members of the public are well informed.

"Each planning application has to be taken on its own merits. We will be talking to residents to get their views."

North Antrim DUP MLA, Mervyn Storey said it was important that local views were considered.

"Obviously there is concern from a number of residents," he said.

"They have recently written to us, I plan to meet and listen to them."

Mr Storey said there were genuine concerns about the possible effect that the wind farm might have on health, access and the infrastructure.

"I would be supportive of the renewable industry in terms of clean green energy," he said.

"We have to balance that with genuine concerns that people have."

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