SSE Renewables applies to build NI's largest wind farm near Draperstown

By John Campbell
BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

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image captionSSE Renewables has requested planning permission for a large wind farm in County Londonderry

A planning application has been submitted for what would be Northern Ireland largest wind farm.

SSE Renewables wants to install 36 turbines in the Sperrin mountains near Draperstown in County Londonderry.

The project known, as the Doraville Wind Farm, could provide 115 MW of power.

The planning application also states that minor works would be needed to roads in the area to facilitate turbine delivery.

Community consultations

Twenty five of the turbines would have a maximum height of 140m, with the other 11 having a maximum height of 126.5m.

SSE began engagement with the Planning Service in 2013 and has also held a series of community consultations.

It is anticipated that the wind farm would connect to the grid at the Magherafelt substation.

Plan refused

Meanwhile, a plan to erect seven large wind turbines in the townland of Barr Cregg near Claudy in County Londonderry has been refused by Derry City and Strabane District Council.

It is one of its first major decisions made by the planning committee since being handed new powers.

There were more than 130 letters of objection to the plans, along with 358 letters of support.

The application was made by the renewable energy firm RES.