DIARY: Green dream voted more of a scream

The latest ODPM policy statement on renewable energy may encourage planners to promote "green" development, but it looks as though they might have their work cut out if results of a survey published last week are to be believed.

Wind farms, intended as a major tool in the UK's bid to meet its renewable energy commitments, have been voted the nation's most hated eyesore in a poll by Country Life magazine. The controversial structures, which are typically around 70m high, beat mobile phone masts, electricity pylons and power stations to be named the UK's worst example of bad design and insensitive development.

Birmingham's New Street railway station was runner-up in the poll, followed by Didcot Power Station and the derelict Battersea Power Station. Although scorn was generally directed at specific buildings or types of structure, the whole of "1960s Basingstoke" was also considered offensive enough to warrant sixth place on the list.

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