Wind Farm Decision Is 'Unlawful', Judge Told

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A COUNCIL fighting controversial plans for a wind farm off Redcar today criticised as "unlawful" the failure of the Government to hold a public inquiry.

Redcar and Cleveland Council lawyers fighting the case at the High Court in London told a top judge that Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, John Hutton, was wrong not to direct a full inquiry.

Mr Hutton gave his consent for the construction of the farm by energy giants, EDF Energy, last September, paving the way for 30 massive turbines to be built around a mile off the coast at Redcar.

But the council objects to the farm's construction, following thousands of objections from residents opposed to the plans.

A legal challenge was launched yesterday against the Minister's decision before Mr Justice Sullivan in a High Court hearing expected to last two days.

Geoffrey Stephenson, for the council, said Mr Hutton had acted "unlawfully" in failing to carry out his statutory duty to consider whether a public inquiry into the plans, which were several years old by the time they were given consent, was appropriate. …