Why a second habitats ruling is causing concern for planners

A fresh ruling by the European Court of Justice regarding projects affecting areas protected under the EU’s Birds and Habitats Directives is likely to set new expectations for energy projects and set a higher bar for housing schemes in such locations, experts say. Simon Pickstone reports

Hen harrier landing in a field
The ECJ considered the case of a proposed wind farm in Tipperary that would disrupt hen harrier habit, ruling 'compensatory measures' can only be considered if a project meets the criteria for 'overriding interest'

Obtaining permission for development projects that affect areas protected under the EU’s Birds and Habitats Directives could become significantly more difficult following a recent ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

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