Environmental activist Peter Sweetman has launched a High Court challenge over a decision to allow investigative works take place as part of a plan to expand an off-shore wind farm. The challenge is over decisions made by the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage last October to grant a foreshore licence to carry out site investigation works in an area off the Co Wicklow Coast, near Arklow. The alleged purpose of the site investigation is to expand the existing number of wind-generating turbines from the existing seven up to a maximum of 200, it is claimed. As a result, Mr Sweetman has brought judicial review proceedings. He seeks various orders including one quashing the decisions to grant the licence. In his action Mr Sweetman claims the decisions to grant the licence are invalid as they allegedly contravene various sections of the EU directive on Habitats.
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