United Kingdom

RWE Npower Renewables v. East Lindsey DC (Planning Inspectorate Decision, 2011)

Jurisdiction: United Kingdom


Side A: RWE Npower Renewables (Corporation)


Side B: East Lindsey DC (Government)


Core objectives: Appeal by Npower Renewables requesting planning permission for a six-turbine wind farm in Lincolnshire


Summary
An appeal by Npower Renewables requesting planning permission for a six-turbine wind farm in Lincolnshire, England was dismissed. Npower submitted an environmental statement (ES) with its 2006 application, and the Inspector recognized that the project would lead to a reduction in GHG emissions. However, the Inspector found that this project would have an "industrializing effect on the countryside" and would disrupt the local tourist trade, and that it could impair the success of coastal park and grazing marsh projects planned to improve biodiversity in the area. Balancing the reduction in GHG emissions which the project would provide with concern for the coastal sensitivity of the area, as well as potential negative effects on the landscape's aesthetics, led the Inspector to conclude that the costs of the project would outweigh the benefits.

from the Grantham Research Institute
from the Grantham Research Institute
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