Build Wind Farms in National Parks? Now We’ve REALLY Lost the Plot

Did you ever read a madder headline in your life?

Sure, Natural England isn’t nearly as nature-loving as it sounds. It’s just another of those pointless Quangos which David Cameron may yet attempt to justify his existence by banning. Even so,  building 300 foot high turbines in what’s left of Britain’s unspoilt landscape  does rather go against Natural England’s supposed mission objective, viz (or so it says on its website):

“Natural England is here to conserve and enhance the natural environment, for its intrinsic value, the wellbeing and enjoyment of people and the economic prosperity that it brings.”

So the best way of conserving natural England, a body calling itself Natural England has decided, is to destroy it. Can anyone come up with a more ludicrous example of the warped, supposedly “progressive” but in fact utterly poisonous, wrong and self-defeating thinking so prevalent in these dark times?

I can’t.

No hang on, wait, I can. Front page. Daily Telegraph.

“We will not rush to drop 50p tax rate, Tories tell the City.”

3 Responses to “Build Wind Farms in National Parks? Now we’ve REALLY lost the plot”

  1. Tim says:July 27, 2009 at 3:14 pmClarification here, posted a day before your article above: http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/about_us/news/2009/240709.aspxNot as bad as you think.
  2. General Sherman says:August 2, 2009 at 8:30 pmHad the mispleasure to deal with Natural England over a plan by shitbox house builders Wimpey to build on a local site that was untouched since the middle ages – with the exception of grazing from a local farm. They are total toss pot paper tigers who just roll over for the developers/government.For the record, the local people won and Wimpey have to find another spot of this green and once pleasant land to concrete over for more ’social housing within the mix of private development blah blah. God help any fool that thinks ‘Natural’ England will help them when the developers alight on their town.
  3. Tom says:November 12, 2009 at 9:30 amI work for Natural England in the government team and I assess wind turbine applications and environmental impact assessments and I can assure you we have very heated conversations with developers every day who try and submit turbines in ecologically sensitive areas as well as AONBs, SPAs, SACs and Ramsars. We work directly with local authorities ensuring that landscape and biodiversity is considered in every decision. We are all ecologists and base our advice on evidence, peer reviewed papers and experience, not the whims of local or central politicians.We don’t, however, protect land where it has no landscape, access or ecological/geological merit. It is, for instance, up to local authority to protect green belt. The green belt is an administrative designation not an ecological or landscape one.

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