Portal Chambers Barristers

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E-Mail: clerk@portalchambers.co.uk

Ms Douglass's interests in energy related proposals originally arose through contesting opencast coal sites. Over more recent years she has been involved in wind farm proposals and has contested a number of such cases successfully at Public Inquiry.

She has wide experience of the arguments relating to landscape, visual and local amenity, historic landscape, archaeology, noise, transport, energy provision, and tourism. She has, of course, knowledge of all the relevant policy issues at national level.

May 2010 Windfarm Appeal – Site at Cotton Farm, Huntingdon.
Instructed by Huntingdonshire District Council. Appeal allowed.

April 2010 Windfarm Appeal – Site at Myndd James, Pendragon Fach.
Instructed by Blaenau Gwent Council. Appeal dismissed.

February 2010 Windfarm Appeal – Site at Little Linton Farm, Linton, Cambridge.
Instructed by South Cambridgeshire District Council. Issues landscape, conservation areas, listed buildings, residential amenity, noise, air safety, bats. Appeal dismissed.

December 2009 Windfarm appeal – Site at Benington SG2 7LN.
Instructed by 3rd party. Appeal dismissed

November 2009 Windfarm appeal – Site at Hockley Farm, Bradwell on Sea, CM0 7PZ.
Instructed by 3rd party. Landscape, wildlife, listed buildings, local amenity, noise. Appeal allowed.

October 2009 Windfarm appeal - Site at Land at Busseys Loke, Hempnall, NR15 2NG.
Instructed by 3rd party. Issues: landscape and cultural heritage impact (conservation areas, listed buildings), bats, horses. Appeal dismissed.

June 2009 – South Cambridgeshire District Council at a Public Inquiry in respect of a Proposal to Build a Wind Farm on Land at Wadlow Farm, West Wratting, Cambridgeshire. Appeal allowed.

June 2009 Windfarm appeal – Site at Swinford, Market Harborough.
Instructed by 3rd party Stop Swinford Wind Farm Action Group. Issues: residential amenity, noise, landscape, impact on setting listed building and registered park. Appeal allowed.

May 2009 Wind Farm Appeal – Site at Poplar Lane, Lower Farm, Bearstone, Market Drayton.
Instructed by 3rd party, VORTEX. Appeal dismissed

March 2009 Blaen Bowi Wind Farm
Instructed by Carmarthen County Council. Appeal dismissed

January 2009 North Dover Wind Farm. Appeal against Dover District Council on grounds of non determination.
Instructed by 3rd parties - Langdon Action Group (LAG) as party to Appeal. Appeal dismissed.

October 2008 – Wind Farm Appeal - Site at Thacksons Well Farm, Sewstern Lane, Long Bennington, Newark
Instructed by Belvoir Locals Opposing Turbines (BLOT). Appeal dismissed.

August 2008 - Appeal by Tegni Cymru Cyf against refusal of planning permission by Vale Royal Borough Council for 4 wind turbines, 125m, at Aston Grange, Aston Lane, Frodsham. Appeal dismissed.

2007. Appeal by Next Generation Ltd against a refusal of planning permission by Sedgemoor District Council for 5 wind turbines, 120m, 2MW,at Edithmead, Burnham on Sea. Issues: impact on hillfort, iconic island hill feature, living and working conditions of residents, local economy, bats, local and national policy.
Instructed by 3rd parties. Appeal dismissed.

May 2007- Appeal by E.ON UK plc against refusal of planning permission by Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council for 7 x 2MW x 106.5m high wind turbines at Denshaw Moor, Oldham.
Instructed by 3rd parties. Appeal withdrawn, late, full award of costs to 3rd parties.

November 2006 - Appeal by Thomas and Tonkins against the refusal of planning permission by Restormel Borough Council for 2 wind turbines at Penpell Farm, Par, St Austell. June-Nov 2006 Issues: landscape, proximity World Heritage Site, AONB and AGLV, setting of listed buildings, impact on bats, tourism, residential amenity, local businesses and health (autism).
Instructed by 3rd parties. Appeal dismissed.

October 2006 - Appeal by Cambridge Wind Farm Limited against refusal of planning permission by South Cambridgeshire District Council for 16 wind turbines,100m, 2MW. .Issues: landscape, highway safety, air safeguarding, noise, bats.
Instructed by South Cambridgeshire District Council. Appeal dismissed.

June/August 2006 - Appeal by Awel Aman Tawe against the refusal of planning permission by Neath Port Talbot for 4 wind turbines, 11MW, 100m, at Mynedd y Gwyrhyd, Pontardawe. Issues: conflict with Welsh Assembly policy (PPW/MIPPS/TAN8) landscape, archaeology, tourism, recreation, regeneration initiatives, "community based" and common land.
Instructed by 3rd parties. Appeal dismissed. Decision upheld by High Court.

Werfa, Nantymoel, Bridgend June 2004. Issues: landscape character, visual amenity, metropolitan common.
Instructed by Bridgend County Borough Council. Appeal dismissed.

Lethercynon, Garthbrengy, Brecon. May/June 2004. Issues: landscape character, impact on common land, access, local amenity.
Instructed by Powys County Council. Appeal dismissed.

Scarweather Sands, near Porthcawl November 2003. The first offshore development proposal to be subject to inquiry. Issues: need, landscape character, historic landscape and buildings, conservation area, tourism. The Inspector recommended that the order under the Transport and Works Act 1992 be not made. His recommendation was not followed by the Welsh Assembly Government, which considered the national need for renewable energy to be over-riding.
Instructed by Bridgend County Borough Council, South Wales.

Appeal by Community Power Limited – Site at Ton Mawr & Castell Farms near Margam, Port Talbot June/July 2003. Issues: proximity historic landscape, S.A.M's. conservation area, landscape character.
Instructed by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. Appeal dismissed.

Rhoscrowther Wind Turbines (Wogaston Farm, South Pembrokeshire) March 2001. Issues: proximity to National Park, landscape, local amenity.
Instructed by Pembrokeshire Coastal National Park and Pembrokeshire County Council. Appeal dismissed.