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National Trust launch legal action against wind turbines

National Trust launch legal action against wind turbines

The National Trust, English Heritage and East Northamptonshire Council have jointly launched legal opposition against planned wind turbines to be built within a mile of Lyveden New Bield—a 17th century Elizabethan lodge.

Last month, National Trust chairman, Simon Jenkins, called wind power a “public menace, but the organisation’s official line was rather more carefully tempered.

However, director-general Fiona Reynolds said that the “damaging” plans “could have serious implications for other heritage sites across the UK“.

Reynolds adds that the Trust has “backed a number of wind proposals where scale and setting have been considered appropriate“.

National Trust heritage sites are scattered all across the country, and mostly in areas of countryside, making it rather difficult for wind developers to pick suitable locations for turbines.

This recent bout of opposition highlights the dangers of  NIMBY (“not in my back yard“) opinion.

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