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Ruling downs Spring Farm Ridge

The plans were granted permission by the Planning Inspectorate but a legal challenge was launched by South Northamptonshire Council when a resident claimed the inspector’s decision was unlawful on five separate grounds.

Broadview Energy’s plans to develop a five-turbine scheme at Spring Farm Ridge in Northamptonshire have been shot down by the High Court.

The plans were granted permission by the Planning Inspectorate but a legal challenge was launched by South Northamptonshire Council when a resident claimed the inspector’s decision was unlawful on five separate grounds.

Broadview managing director Jeffrey Corrigan said: “We are obviously disappointed the judge has found that the inspector did not follow what was required of her by law when issuing her decision. This is especially so following the completion of an extensive and thorough public inquiry which was the culmination of a number of years of work resulting in significant cost for all parties.”

Judge Mackie dismissed four of the five grounds in the challenges, specifically the impact assessments with respect to listed buildings, cultural heritage, noise and residential amenity. However, he concluded the planning inspector’s decision letter did not meet planning law requirements.

Corrigan added: “It is important to recognise that the main substance of the inspector’s judgement as to the acceptability of the scheme was not called into question and we... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Broadview Energy’s plans to develop a five-turbine scheme at Spring Farm Ridge in Northamptonshire have been shot down by the High Court.

The plans were granted permission by the Planning Inspectorate but a legal challenge was launched by South Northamptonshire Council when a resident claimed the inspector’s decision was unlawful on five separate grounds.

Broadview managing director Jeffrey Corrigan said: “We are obviously disappointed the judge has found that the inspector did not follow what was required of her by law when issuing her decision. This is especially so following the completion of an extensive and thorough public inquiry which was the culmination of a number of years of work resulting in significant cost for all parties.”

Judge Mackie dismissed four of the five grounds in the challenges, specifically the impact assessments with respect to listed buildings, cultural heritage, noise and residential amenity. However, he concluded the planning inspector’s decision letter did not meet planning law requirements.

Corrigan added: “It is important to recognise that the main substance of the inspector’s judgement as to the acceptability of the scheme was not called into question and we will therefore look to work closely with the Government’s Planning Inspectorate regarding the next steps.”


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JAN 18 2013
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