2015 should see a lot of applications for judicial review. Time to take the offensive against wind farms.
Seeking redress in Ireland’s superior courts is expensive and is in general the last resort for many. However, 2014 will be seen as a significant year in relation to the number of wind farm cases initiated. For example, if you look to An Bord Pleanála wind turbine planning figures for 2014 – up to 31 October 2014 – a total of 117 wind turbines were granted permission by the planning board, it is therefore notable that a staggering total of 89 turbines (more than 76% of that total) cannot proceed to be built as they are subject to high court judicial review.
In any functional democratic society the issues giving rise to this extraordinary percentage of wind farm related cases would be addressed. Not only does the number of cases point to a significant lack of public and community acceptance of wind farm planning policy and subsequent approved projects in…
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