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France: Windfarm ordered to demolish ten turbines and pay compensation

The Connexion — October 2, 2013

A WINDFARM has been ordered to demolish ten turbines and pay compensation and fines after it was successfully sued by a couple.

Speaking to Le Figaro newspaper, the couple’s lawyer, Philippe Bodereau, said: “This decision is very important because it demonstrates to all those who put up with windfarms with a feeling of powerlessness that the battle is not in vain, even against big groups, or authorities who deliver building permits, that legal options are available to everyone, that we have a right to live in peace and that people can do other things than suffer.”

The couple bought their 18th century listed property, the Château de Flers, in 1993.

A tribunal in Montpellier ruled that the couple had suffered due to the “degradation of the environment, resulting from a rupture of a bucolic landscape and countryside”. It also agreed the couple had suffered from the noise of the turbines and from the flashing lights.

“The situation, instantly out of place, permanent and quickly unbearable, created a problem that went beyond the typical inconveniences of neighbours and constituted a violation of property rights,” ruled the judgement.

The value of the property had no bearing on the ruling.

The wind farm owners, Compagnie du Vent, have been given four months to take down the turbines, which were erected in 2007 on two sites next to the property in Nord-Pas-de-Calais. It has appealed the decision.   Read full article, here…..

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7 Comments on “France: Windfarm ordered to demolish ten turbines and pay compensation”

  1. Dougal Quixote October 2, 2013 at 7:05 am #

    Reblogged this on windfarmaction and commented:
    Pity we don’t have the same attitude in the UK. But then we don’t have 80% of our power from Nuclear thanks to the likes of Michael Foot and CND!

  2. cornwallwindwatch October 2, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch and commented:
    Vive le revolution !

  3. cornwallwindwatch October 2, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Yes! Surely being part of the EU must mean something for us in UK. Something for the legal eagles to their teeth into. Vive le revolution!

    • Donna Quixote October 2, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

      We’ll keep our fingers crossed for you on this side of the pond. Maybe if the UK can use the French case as an example and win some cases over there, we might be able to use the British examples for cases over here in Canada! One can only hope.

      • cornwallwindwatch October 3, 2013 at 3:56 am #

        It’s only a matter of time!

  4. 1957chev October 2, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

    Every success is a stepping stone, to the next one. This scam is being blown out of the water, and it is just a matter of time before everyone knows the truth! Every day, there is another story of triumph against this evil travesty. Vive la France!

  5. Jennifer tuthill October 3, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    Another reason I love France….

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