A North Coast location near where TV’s Game of Thrones was filmed could be spoiled by a wind farm, it is feared.
Plans for wind turbines on Binevenagh Mountain, near Castlerock, have led to the creation of the Binevenagh SOS group. It said: “The idea of putting an industrial wind farm in the middle of an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and one of the jewels of the North Coast beggars belief. Northern Ireland is seen as a soft touch by wind farm developers as AONBs here have little environmental protection compared with the rest of the UK.”
Nearby Downhill was recreated as the ‘Beach of Dragonstone’ in HBO’s fantasy series Game of Thrones.
Jay Nethercott, chair of the Ulster Gliding Centre, which has been in existence since 1930, said: “When the wind comes from a certain direction, we won’t be able to fly, it’s as simple as that.”
Windyfields Group, the parent company for the wind farm developers ARC NI 1 Ltd, said: “We have been working closely with the families of local landowners involved and are greatly encouraged by their support and commitment to this project which should benefit many people across the area.”