High Court challenge launched after wind farm refused planning
A High Court challenge has been launched against An Bord Pleanala's refusal to grant permission for a controversial proposed 25 turbine wind farm in Co Meath.
North Meath Wind Farm Ltd had sought permission to develop an electricity generating wind farm at Castletownmoor, Co Meath.
The project, which had attracted strong local opposition, consists of 25 turbines with a top height of up to 169m, as well as other associated works.
North Meath Wind Farm claimed in the High Court this week (Monday) that the Board erred in law when it refused to grant the project planning permission.
They argue that the Board "erred fundamentally" when it assessed the visual impact the proposed wind farm would have on nearby heritage sites, including the Hill of Tara.
Represented by Jarlath Fitzsimons SC and Niall Handy Bl, the applicants claim that the Board considered irrelevant matters when conducting the assessment.
As a result of the decision the Cork registered North Meath Wind Farm Ltd and its majority shareholder, Element Power Ireland Ltd, have brought High Court judicial review proceedings against the Board.
They seek orders including one quashing the Board’s decision of July 3 last refusing to grant planning permission for the proposed wind farm.