This article provides a brief review of a recent appeal decision for a proposed seven wind turbine scheme in Northamptonshire. It also continues Dr Peter Shepherd’s review of wind farm public inquiry decisions following his recent note on the Kelmarsh and Watford Lodge wind farm appeal decisions. As with those two cases, impacts on bats was a key issue at the inquiry and the Winwick decision provides some useful comment with regard to survey effort, in particular surveying at height. The case is also of interest for the extent of in-combination assessment that was undertaken, given the widely reported number of wind farm developments in this part of Northamptonshire. Dr Shepherd gave evidence to the inquiry on bats on behalf of the appellant¹.
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¹ The appellant being the wind farm developer.