Veghel Wind Farm faces new appeal

Four Veghel-based companies Mars, Kuehne+Nagel, Friesland Campina and Vanderlande, joined in Veghel Win(d)t B.V, and renewable factory want to build four wind turbines east of the A50 highway. After an earlier appeal against the environmental permit, the initiative is now facing a new appeal at the Dutch Council of State, this time against the required permit under the National Water Management Act.

The plan, which provides for four wind turbines with a maximum tip height of 200 meters on the De Dubbelen business park, along the A50 highway, originated in 2013. The turbines will be placed in a curved line arrangement on both sides of the Zuid-Willemsvaart canal. With an installed capacity of 16.8 MW, this wind farm in the province of Noord-Brabant should provide enough output to meet the electricity consumption of an equivalent of 15,000 households.

In November 2019, the Meierijstad Municipal Executive granted the environmental permit for the project. Following this, a number of parties appealed the environmental permit to the Council of State. The Council of State eventually declared the permit with modification irrevocable on April 6, 2022.

This time, three parties went to the Zeeland-West Brabant District Court to object to the permit granted by the Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management for the use of the land along the A50 national highway for the installation of the four wind turbines. This is a permit under the Public Works Administration Act.

One of them is a specialist in Digital Out-of-Home (DOOH) and operates an advertising mast along the A50. Another company is a car garage and showroom. They fear that with the arrival of the wind turbines they will no longer be visible from the A50. They also fear for traffic safety on the highway. The court has declared their objections unfounded. That is why they are appealing the court’s decision to the Administrative Law Division. The Council of State dealt with these objections last Monday. A ruling will follow later. Source: windparkveghel

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