Margareta Pagano –The Independent — August 27, 2013
Plans for future wind farms in Britain could be in jeopardy after a United Nations legal tribunal ruled that the UK Government acted illegally by denying the public decision-making powers over their approval and the “necessary information” over their benefits or adverse effects.
The new ruling, agreed by a special United Nations committee in Geneva, calls into question the legal validity of any further planning consent for all future wind-farm developments based on current policy, both onshore and offshore.
The United Nations Economic Commission Europe has declared that the UK flouted Article 7 of the Aarhus Convention, which requires full and effective public participation on all environmental issues and demands that citizens are given the right to participate in the process.
The UNECE committee has also recommended that the UK must in the future submit all plans and programmes similar in nature to the National Renewable Energy Action Plan to public participation, as required by Article 7.
The controversial decision will come as a blow for the Coalition’s wind-power policy, which is already coming under attack from anti-wind campaigners who want developments stopped because of increasing medical evidence showing that the noise from turbines is having a serious impact on public health as well as damaging the environment.
In another twist, the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs is due to publish a new report revealing how the prices of houses close to turbines have collapsed. Continue reading full article, here….