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.