Appeal overcomes challenge to ‘deadly’ Scottish windfarms

Judges in Scotland have ruled that ministers did not act unlawfully when granting consents for four offshore wind farms in the North Sea.

Resident and migratory seabirds

The Scottish government had appealed the decision by the Court of Session in July 2015 to uphold a legal challenge by the bird charity RSPB Scotland against the construction of the wind farms in the Firths of Forth and Tay. Lord Stewart had concluded that the consents were not lawful on several grounds, including that key requirements of the environmental assessment process had not been met.

This included a failure to consult properly and to provide reasons why ministers had rejected the advice of their own ...

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