I was glad to see in today’s Sunday Times, that CPRE ( The Campaign to Protect Rural England) is taking a much stronger line regarding the siting of wind farms. As a member of this organisation I was beginning to wonder if I should be supporting them. According the the article, CPRE a strong supporter of wind and renewable energy have finally and not before time warned that the planning system is failing to take into account of the growing concern over onshore wind development.
The report out tomorrow from CPRE, says that “Research suggests that wind energy developers often enter the planning process with a dismissive mindset towards public concerns, seeking to disparage arguments against new developments as baseless and emotional rather than well reasoned and legitimate.”
It says that a large number of applications for wind farms in some areas is having adverse cumulative impacts without any evidence of what scale of development can be reasonably be accommodated in the landscape.
While the CPRE, is not opposed to wind farms altogether(and I would say that they could be sited in certain industrial zones away from housing). Its key point is that the government’s failure to develop a local and national strategy for locating them properly has created a free for all with developers choosing sites without the need to consider the impact on landscapes and community.
I trust that CPRE stick to their guns on this one – if they do so, I will continue to support them as an organisation. Perhaps the tide is finally turning on this important issue.