Concern over An Bord Pleanála delays in wind farm cases

Is the tide turning?

Concerned About Wind Turbines - Donegal

Wind farm appeals being deferred

Those of you who follow the twitter account related to this blog will be aware of the increasing number of wind farm planning appeals and cases which are being deferred by An Bord Pleanála.  It appeared to us that the number of wind farm decisions of scale – in particular decisions to grant permission – issued by An Bord Pleanála in 2015 has slowed dramatically.  It seems we are not alone with this view and today’s Sunday Times also reports that Environment Minister Alan Kelly has ordered a review of An Bord Pleanála in the wake of delays and increasing cost of litigation.  It is our view that failings in Irish wind farm planning is the key driver of these delays and the related costly litigation.

Analysis of An Bord Pleanála decisions seems to bear this out: up to the end of week 29 (17…

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About Neil van Dokkum

Neil van Dokkum (B. SocSc; LLB; LLM; PGC Con.Lit) Neil is a law lecturer and has been so since arriving in Ireland from South Africa in 2002. Prior to that Neil worked in a leading firm of solicitors from 1987-1992, before being admitted as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa (a barrister) in 1992. He published three books in South Africa on employment law and unfair dismissal, as well as being published in numerous national and international peer-reviewed journals. Neil currently specialises in employment law, medical negligence law, family law and child protection law. He dabbles in EU law (procurement and energy). Neil retired from practice in 2002 to take up a full-time lecturing post. He has published three books since then, “Nursing Law for Irish Students (2005); “Evidence” (2007); and “Nursing Law for Students in Ireland” (2011). He is an accredited and practising mediator and is busy writing a book, with Dr Sinead Conneely, on Mediation in Ireland. His current interest is Ireland’s energy policy and its impact on the people and the environment. He is also researching the area of disability as a politico-economic construct. Neil is very happily married to Fiona, and they have two sons, Rory and Ian.
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2 Responses to Concern over An Bord Pleanála delays in wind farm cases

  1. Peter Sweetman says:

    I have great respect for George Jones QC and Dr. Aine Ryall, the other two are part of the problem.

  2. Val Martin says:

    I wonder will there by any public participation. One thing is for sure, if they read all submissions, they will get a shock at the level of non compliance.

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