They\’ve Got a Little Confused Here

Thousands of homeowners may see the value of their properties plummet after a court ruled that living near a wind farm decreases house prices.

Erm, no, I don\’t think so. What the court has ackowledged is that being near a windfarm hits house prices. Not the other way around, that the court\’s admission will damage house prices.

4 thoughts on “They\’ve Got a Little Confused Here”

  1. I would have thought it would be possible to sue the wind farm for damage, since right to private property is a ECHR right. Depriving someone of the use of their property has been accepted by the courts as a breach of this right. While not absolute, the kind of blight that the article reports should fall under “deprived of use” (given you can’t live there).

  2. Kay Tie,

    As always with ECHR their is wiggle room. Article 8 is no different:

    “There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others. ”

    I’ll bet that the new religion of greenism will argue that windmills are necessary for the economic well being of the country, at least. They may even argue that climate change is so big that their right to protection from it trumps your property rights.

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