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Chelveston Renewable Energy Ltd. v. Bedford BC
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Data source:
Sabin Center
Reference number:
[2012] P.A.D. 39
Local residents challenged two proposals for the construction of wind turbines, arguing that the harms outweighed the economic or environmental benefits. The Planning Inspector found that the proposals would provide significant benefits including renewable energy, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and the potential to generate economic growth and create jobs. The Inspector found that these benefits clearly outweighed the limited harm to the landscape and heritage assets. To mitigate some of the visual impact and ensure adequate air safety, surface water drainage, etc., the Inspector attached certain conditions to construction.

Key environmental legal questions:

Challenge proposed construction of wind turbines
Suits against governments; Renewable projects; Environmental assessment and permitting