Ruling on wind farm says the countryside is as important as climate change targets

The Coalition’s renewable energy targets do not outweigh value of the beauty of the English countryside, a High Court judge said yesterday as she rejected planning permission for a wind farm.

The Coalition is obliged to boost the amount of energy from renewables as part of climate change targets imposed by Europe.

This will mean more than doubling the amount of energy from onshore wind over the next ten years and building at least another 5,000 wind turbines onshore.

Sea Land and Power Ltd argued that the wind farm near Gt Yarmouth would help to meet these targets.
However Justice Laing said the target cannot take precedence over natural beauty.

In a judgment handed down at the Administrative Court she backed both the local councils and conservation groups in rejecting the plans.

TDT

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3 responses to “Ruling on wind farm says the countryside is as important as climate change targets

  1. Good for Justice Laing. I hope that sort of logic and common sense can spread, say, to our side of the pond?

  2. I wonder whether the same sentiment would prevail if the wind farms were indeed a superior source of energy.

    I feel sorry for them. A modern wind turbine is a pinnacle of hi-tech engineering, and it is a beautiful sight to behold. Simply surreal. It’s a shame they must go. Can we leave two or three, as a monument to their colossal achievement?

  3. Yes. You can half a dozen, every 300 miles only. Let them share with nature, not replace it.

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