Vattenfall’s Norfolk Vanguard stopped by legal challenge

Mr Justice Holgate has handed down a judgement in favour of a local resident in the Norfolk Vanguard planning case, saying, “There is no justification for the court to withhold the relief sought by the claimant”.

Resident Ray Pearce had taken his case to court, arguing that the BEIS Secretary of State unlawfully excluded from consideration the cumulative visual effects of the Norfolk Vanguard wind farm taken together with Vattenfall’s adjacent 1.8GW Norfolk Boreas development, which is still in planning.

As a result, the previous development consent from BEIS has been quashed, and planning consent will need to be resubmitted.

Responding to the ruling, Danielle Lane, Vattenfall head of market development offshore and UK country manager said: “This is a very disappointing outcome, but it relates to the process for granting consent and is not about the merits of our world class Norfolk Vanguard project.”

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