Wind Turbine Noise & Nuisance: Irish High Court Trial on Damages Set For April



As we reported just before Christmas, in a case before the Irish High Court, German wind turbine manufacturer, Enercon conceded liability in noise nuisance in a claim pursued by 7 families whose lives and livelihoods have been thoroughly and mercilessly destroyed by incessant turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound.

The matter returns to the High Court on 25 April for a trial on the question of the damages suffered by the plaintiffs and their families; unless the defendant decides to open its wallet before hand. Irish law lecturer, Neil van Dokkum gives his insight on the case and a useful, ‘in-a-nutshell’ primer on the common law tort of nuisance – the cause of action pursued by the Irish plaintiffs.

It’s official – wind farms are a damned Nuisance
The Law is my Oyster
Neil van Dokkum
8 January 2017

The tort of Nuisance – basic principles
The law of…

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Newsome Mill owner will apply for Listed Building Consent for demolition and clearance works

The Newsome Mills campaign

Demolition equipment at Newsome MillsLook out for an application for Listed Building Consent which will tell us more about the owner’s intentions for the Grade II Listed structures at Newsome Mills. The application is likely to seek permission for some demolition works. This post explains the application process – and why it’s necessary that we follow it.

What’s currently happening on site?

The buildings owned by Panorama Living Limited at Newsome Mills are Grade II Listed, so Kirklees Council need to grant permission before any works can be carried out. Following the fire in November 2016, the owner asked for permission to begin clearing the debris from the site. Kirklees Council agreed that Kayedem Demolition could begin carefully clearing the debris on behalf of the owner.

The council told us that these works would be taking place, and they made clear to us that Kayedem did not have permission to carry out any demolition works…

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Newsome Mill Ponds will stay

The Newsome Mills campaign

Newsome Mill Ponds
On Thursday 19th January 2017, the Planning Sub-Committee for the Huddersfield area voted unanimously to refuse planning application number 2016/91479. The application proposed the destruction of the 19th century mill pond and culvert at Newsome Mills, which is the oldest surviving part of the Newsome Mills site.

Kirklees Council’s planning service had recommended refusal of the plans to build 22 houses on the Newsome Mill Ponds site, and every member of the committee agreed with this recommendation.

The reason for refusing the planning application is:

“The proposal would result in the loss of an area of open space and a habitat of principle importance that would detract from the character of the local area, contrary to Policies D1, D2 parts vii, and viii, NE6 of the Kirklees Unitary Development Plan, and the guidance contained in part 11 of the National Planning Policy Framework  “Conserving and enhancing the natural environment”.”

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Debunking the Russian Hacking Report

World Affairs

Now that the U.S. intelligence community has come out with its report, liberal media is proclaiming Russia “hacked the election.” What does it really mean and is it really a settled matter now? Let’s answer it in a Q&A form.

Well, it’s quite clear that the report says Putin personally ordered his minions to rig the 2016 U.S. election; he wanted to undermine the U.S. democracy; and he wanted Trump to win. What’s the debate?

Okay, you are referring to this paragraph in Page 7, right? We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump

Right! It’s crystal clear and quite damning!


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