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Judge dismisses legal challenge against Pickles wind farm refusal

Pickles said that the scheme’s landscape and visual impact "would be significantly adverse from viewpoints within about 2km of the appeal site" and he refused the appeal.

Renewable energy developer Ecotricity has lost a legal challenge against a decision by communities secretary Eric Pickles, taken against the recommendations of a planning inspector, to refuse its plans for a wind farm in Somerset.

The proposed four turbine development in Highbridge, Somerset, known as the Black Ditch wind farm, would be located in the Somerset Levels and Moors national character area, designated by conservation adviser Natural England.

Following an appeal against the refusal of the plans by Stroud District Council, the inspector examining the case concluded that, while the turbines would have a significant impact on the immediate landscape, it would be able to absorb the turbines without significant harm, and that in long-range views the turbines would appear relatively small.

But Pickles said that the scheme’s landscape and visual impact "would be significantly adverse from viewpoints within about 2km of the appeal site" and he refused the appeal.

Now, the High Court has backed Pickles’ decision.

An Ecotricity spokesperson said: "We are disappointed by the decision. We believe the Black Ditch site is absolutely an appropriate... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Renewable energy developer Ecotricity has lost a legal challenge against a decision by communities secretary Eric Pickles, taken against the recommendations of a planning inspector, to refuse its plans for a wind farm in Somerset.
  
The proposed four turbine development in Highbridge, Somerset, known as the Black Ditch wind farm, would be located in the Somerset Levels and Moors national character area, designated by conservation adviser Natural England.

Following an appeal against the refusal of the plans by Stroud District Council, the inspector examining the case concluded that, while the turbines would have a significant impact on the immediate landscape, it would be able to absorb the turbines without significant harm, and that in long-range views the turbines would appear relatively small.

But Pickles said that the scheme’s landscape and visual impact "would be significantly adverse from viewpoints within about 2km of the appeal site" and he refused the appeal.

Now, the High Court has backed Pickles’ decision.

An Ecotricity spokesperson said: "We are disappointed by the decision. We believe the Black Ditch site is absolutely an appropriate location for four wind turbines and it was clear to us that there were discrepancies in the secretary of state’s decision to dismiss our appeal. We’ll now consider our options."


 


Source: http://www.planningresource...

JUL 1 2014
http://www.windaction.org/posts/40750-judge-dismisses-legal-challenge-against-pickles-wind-farm-refusal
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