Is the tide turning?
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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