10.3.2 Grid Development Management Requirements

Closed22 Dec, 2020, 09:00 - 12 Mar, 2021, 17:00
10.3.2 Grid Development Management Requirements: 

Kilkenny County Council will facilitate the provision of energy networks in principle, provided that it can be demonstrated that –

  • the development is required in order to facilitate the provision or retention of significant economic or social infrastructure;
  • the route proposed has been identified with due consideration for social, environmental and cultural impacts;
  • the design is such that will achieve least environmental impact;
  • the lines should be planned to avoid areas of high landscape sensitivity;
  • preference should be given to undergrounding services where appropriate;
  • the proposed infrastructure complies with all internationally recognised standards with regard to proximity to dwellings and other inhabited structures including best practice and new accepted research on the impacts on health;
  • new power lines and power installations should be sited in accordance with the requirements of the “Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields” Report issued by the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources in 2007, and
  • where impacts are inevitable, mitigation features have been included.  

In considering facilities of this nature that traverse a number of counties or that traverse one county in order to serve another, the Council will consider the proposal in light of the criteria outlined above. The Council will also treat the proposal as if it were required to service a development within Kilkenny County Council.