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Cornerstone Barristers has significant experience advising on a whole host of energy issues, particularly in relation to renewable energy developments.

The ongoing political emphasis on renewable energy sources is fuelling a dramatic increase in energy scheme proposals such as wind farms, solar plants, nuclear energy and fracking. Such developments can often be contentious, giving rise to concerns over the impact on the local community, residential amenities and the environment.

Five members of the Cornerstone Hydrocarbon Group were involved in the recent inquiry concerning applications for planning permission for shale gas fracking (hydraulic fracturing) at a site in Lancashire.

Our barristers have expertise across all these interwoven areas including environmental law, compulsory purchase and compensation, minerals and waste, rights of way, highways, and village greens and commons. This enables us to provide a comprehensive service which covers every aspect of the development process, from the planning application stage through to public inquiries and appeals in the Higher Courts.

We regularly advise developers (both private and public), local authorities, interested third parties and individuals on issues such as:

  • Development applications and proposals
  • Landscape and visual impacts
  • Noise
  • Ecology
  • Heritage impacts
  • Transport and highway issues
  • Residential amenities
  • Health and safety

Our barristers have been instructed in relation to several of the most significant energy development proposals in England and Wales such as the the UK's largest ever conjoined wind farm inquiries in Mid Wales and recent challenges to proposals concerning fracking sites in Lancashire.


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