Norfolk Vanguard Offshore Wind Farm - High Court overturns Development Consent Order
In the first judicial review of a Development Consent Order in respect of a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project, the High Court has found in favour of the farmer whose land would be affected.
The Norfolk Vanguard Offshore Wind Farm was granted a DCO in July 2020 for the building of 158 turbines off the east coast of England. The substation for the distribution of the electricity generated would have been at an inland site, and the trenches and cabling necessary for that would have run through three fields belonging to the same farmer.
The Court was asked to consider if the further plans for a sister farm, using the same on-shore infrastructure, would have a cumulative effect on the local environment. Whilst obviously the need for renewable energy is clear, the Court’s decision shows that the Government needs to consider the overall position in its decision-making.
The judgment and future of both wind farms is now being reviewed by the Secretary of State. Rural landowners will doubtless be keeping an eye on the result.
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