Belfast Telegraph

Ramblers challenge wind farm development

By Alan Erwin

A ramblers body has won High Court permission to challenge the decision to approve construction of a wind farm in the Antrim Hills.

The Ulster Federation of Rambling Clubs was granted leave to seek a judicial review of planning permission for a wind farm in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Under the scheme seven 100m-high turbines will be built at Ballykeel, near Larne.

A company behind the project was given the green light by Mid and East Antrim Council's planning committee last December.

The federation claims that the turbines will have a visual impact on the landscape. Chairman Graham Seymour is now challenging the legality of the granting of planning permission.

Nicolas Hanna QC questioned the level of notice given of the planning meeting on the council's website. "(Mr Seymour) was not given any reasonable opportunity to be present at the meeting or to seek speaking rights," he said.

Granting leave to seek a judicial review, Mr Justice Maguire listed proceedings for a further mention in September.

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