The ESB has been refused planning permission for an electrical transformer station in Urlingford because Kilkenny County Council has ruled that it would be too close to residential developments.
Permission was sought to construct a new 38KV electrical transformer station at the rear of Urlingford Business Park consisting of a 13.2-metre-high 38KV mast, two modular containers for medium voltage and control equipment: two bunded 38KV power transformers plus one interface transformer, one house transformer, associated oil interceptor trap and one neutral earth resistor.
The proposed station would be located 50 metres from the Togher Way housing estate, 200 metres from Togher Crescent and 150 metres from a planned housing development.
Although Togher Way is an unfinished estate at present, the planners found that “the proximity of the site to residential properties and the limited screening and open nature of the site means that the mast’s location, height and design would have a detrimental effect on the residential amenities of the area.”
The application was made by the ESB, which is listed as “the intended purchasers of the site pending planning permission being granted.” The site is owned by Canvew Ltd, according to the planing file.