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Landmark wind farm case could threaten planning

A landmark High Court ruling has backed the rights of villagers to preserve their landscape over the need to meet renewable energy targets.

According to The Daily Mail, Mrs Justice Lang said that four 350ft turbines would harm the character and appearance of Hemsby on the edge of the Norfolk Broads.

Lawyers believe the ruling is a significant test case for planning rules brought in this March and could help more than 300 local groups fighting wind farm proposals.

Lindsay Milson, of the Glencorrwg Action Group in South Wales, said the Norfolk decision gave him hope.

His group opposed a 76-turbine wind farm in Pen Y Cymoedd – Britain’s largest – but it was approved this month.

Mr Milson said: “This ruling points the way forward after all these years,’ said Mr Milson, a retired payroll controller. ‘We lost the battle on this one, but the energy companies have been circling us like a pack of wolves.”

Ministers insist the £300m project by Swedish developer Vattenhall, featuring 475 ft turbines, will boost the local economy and power 200,000 homes – reducing the country’s carbon footprint.