Vincent Fraser QC secures permission for Wind Farm in Scotland
Vincent Fraser QC has successfully represented E.ON Climate & Renewables UK Development Ltd in obtaining consent under the Electricity Act 1989 and deemed planning permission from Scottish Ministers for Enoch Hill Wind Farm in East Ayrshire. The wind farm comprises 16 turbines of up to 130 metres in height with a generating capacity exceeding 50MW. It was found that whilst there would be significant landscape and visual impacts (including to the East Ayrshire SLA) they would not be unacceptable and that they were outweighed by the substantial benefits arising from the proposal’s contribution to meeting renewable energy targets and the economy. It was further concluded that there was no need for a planning obligation addressing financial guarantees as the matter could be adequately addressed by condition.