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E.ON UK Development Ltd. v. King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Council
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Data source:
Sabin Center
Reference number:
[2012] P.A.D. 29
The Planning Inspector reviewed approvals for the construction of two wind farms. Local residents argued that harms outweighed the economic or environmental benefits. The Planning Inspector found that the wind farms would have adverse effects on the landscape character, cause visual harm, have a minor impact on heritage, and result in minor displacement of species. However, the Inspector found that the economic benefits of enhanced energy security and environmental benefits of reduced carbon emissions, mitigation of climate change, and contribution to national renewable energy targets clearly outweigh the individual and cumulative identified harm.

Key environmental legal questions:

Challenge approval for the construction of wind turbines
Suits against governments; Renewable projects; Environmental assessment and permitting