Localism versus Populism

December 12th, 2016 by James Goudie KC

In Holder v Gedling Borough Council (2016) EWHC 3095 (Admin), concerned with whether there were “very special circumstances” justifying a wind turbine in the Green Belt, Green J said, at paragraph 69, that the Written Ministerial Statement of 18 June 2015 on proposed wind energy developments does not endorse a principle that a vocal minority has the ability to exert decisive or dominant influence in a manner which would not otherwise occur.  Ultimately it is the Committee that takes into account objectors’ views and then balances and reconciles the competing arguments. Its decision reflects “real democratic decision making”.

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