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  • Recently, there have been a number of judicial reviews sought to quash decisions by An Bord Pleanala to grant permission for wind farms, including cases where the Board’s inspector recommended a refusal of permission.

    The High Court quashed an An Bord Pleanala decision to grant permission for a large wind farm development in Roscommon following a judicial review taken by local residents. The High Court ruled that An Bord Pleanala’s appropriate assessment did not meet the requirements of the Habitats Directive.

    The High Court recently granted leave for residents in west Clare to seek a judicial review of the An Bord Pleanala decision to grant permission for four 85-metre high wind turbines in the Milltown Malbay area of Co Clare. Leave has been granted on multiple grounds including failure to carry out a proper Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA).

    A couple in Cork have been granted leave from the High Court to seek a judicial review to quash An Bord Pleanála’s decision to grant permission to Cleanrath Windfarm Ltd to construct 11 turbines up to a height of 126m.

    Laois wind awareness group, People Over Wind, have been granted leave to appeal an An Bord Pleanála ruling in the High Court, over the approval of an 18 turbine windfarm proposed on Coillte owned land in Cullenagh.

    These judicial reviews, although very expensive to take, should hopefully provide a degree of clarity concerning some of the primary issues concerning windfarm development as many would argue that the national planning guidelines are quite vague and open to a wide range of interpretation.

    Published on September 23, 2014 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Green Energy; Tagged as: ,
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  • Eamon (Ted) Kelly, chairman of the Wind Turbine Action Group South Roscommon is seeking a Judicial Review of an An Bord Pleanala decision to grant planning permission for two wind farm developments in County Roscommon. The Judicial Review is being sought on the basis that An Bord Pleanála failed to specify why it approved permission for the wind farm close to special areas of protection and conservation in Co Roscommon, when two of its own inspectors recommended permission be refused.

    Leave for a Judicial Review has to be granted by the High Court in the first instance and this was obtained by the action group in November 2013. A Judicial Review of a decision by a planning authority focuses on the procedures involved in arriving at the determination rather than the decision itself. As such it is generally accepted that there is a very high bar to win any such review. However, Judicial Reviews are also very expensive and therefore they tend only to be taken when there are very strong grounds for argument.

    Published on May 8, 2014 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Court Cases, Green Energy; Tagged as: ,
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  • Leefield Ltd, SuperValu, Tramore, Co Waterford, has instigated proceedings against An Bord Pleanála seeking a judicial review of the Board’s decision to grant permission to O’Flynn Construction for the construction of a retail store, café, and staff facility near the former Murphy barracks at Ballincollig. Leefield Ltd runs a supermarket in Ballincollig and claims the Board’s decision is flawed and should be quashed as the Board failed to give proper reasons for granting permission and failed to address the loss of woodland that would occur if the development proceeded. The Board’s planning inspector had recommended that the planning application be refused.

    Published on September 11, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Court Cases; Tagged as: , , ,
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