Wind backers slate nimbies

Nimby attitudes are to blame for a dramatic drop in wind farm approvals, the British Wind Energy Association has complained.

Figures revealed at its annual conference show that local authorities approved just 25 per cent of such applications this year. This contrasts with 63 per cent approved in 2007.

Coriolis Energy development director Vicky Portwain maintained that pressure from nimby campaigners is forcing councils to make incorrect decisions. "It would make more sense if authorities did not have the deciding say on these matters," she claimed.

But Campaign to Protect Rural England chief executive Shaun Spiers challenged the wind energy industry to engage local people and work within the planning system.

"Climate change is not the only environmental issue," he argued. "People are concerned about the impact of energy schemes on landscapes, tranquillity, wildlife and their quality of life. They have a right to protect the places in which they live."

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