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Time now to work together to find the solution


Both Whinash March2006 and Barningham November1998 were decided by balancing potential benefits and potential disbenefits

Whinash: Both Ministers accept Mr Rose's conclusions that the effects on the landscape and its value for recreation would be so serious that they would outweigh the benefits of securing a renewable energy source and the need to address climate change.

Mr Wicks "Tackling global warming is critical but we must also nurture the immediate environment and wildlife. This is at the crux of the debate over wind energy"

Barningham: Mr David Lavender dismissed the appeal by National Wind Power. In his conclusion the Inspector stated he found nothing to persuade him that the desirability of exploiting a clean renewable energy source at this prominent skyline outweighed other important national policy considerations, which include avoiding damage to attractive areas of landscape.


To balance potential benefits and potential disbenefits is the only democratic way to make an informed decision on any planning matter. A Protocol for public engagement with proposed wind power developments in England that gives the impression windpower developments will always be permitted and that only benefits will occur simply serves to favour wind energy developments.

It is a pity Peter Hain was not at The Aberdeen All Energy Conference May 2006 to hear the speakers from the gas, coal, nuclear and renewable energy industries as each predicted how much electricity will come from their source in 2020 and why. It seems a mix of the technologies not wiping out nimby-ism will be the answer

The most convincing argument to prevent the lights going out came from the Chief Executive (CE) for The Energy Networks Association. A previous CE of British Wind Energy Association he explained that an ageing grid with the bulk of the transmission and distribution system built in the 1960s and a ‘life’ of about 50 year means we need to act now. To make the necessary ‘changes’ we need to know what the energy mix will be. His anticipation was that we need a mix of gas, coal, nuclear and renewables.

Surely no longer a could or might situation but time to take stock of what actually is. Are wind turbines onshore doing what was promised? (Not in the North East). Time now to look at reality, time now to work together to find the solution.

Elizabeth Mann (Acting Chair, Durham Branch CPRE)

Western Mail 17/06/2006