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Bellis v. Merthyr Tydfill County Borough Council (Planning Inspectorate, 2014)

Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Side A: Bellis (Corporation)

Side B: Merthyr Tydfill CBC (Government)

Core objectives: Proposed construction of wind turbines within a Historic Landscape Area

A local planning authority in Wales denied an application to construct 3 wind turbine generators in a Historic Landscape Area, and the applicant appealed. The administrative court found that the proposed wind turbines would have a significantly detrimental effect on the historic landscape and would detract from the enjoyment of visitors to the area. The court also found, however, that the local community was involved in the development of the wind project and that the turbines would make an important contribution towards the United Kingdom's efforts to combat climate change. After weighing these considerations and concluding that the emissions reductions benefits were outweighed by "the significant harm that would be caused to the historic landscape and visual amenity of the common," the administrative court dismissed the appeal.

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