Wind Power in the UK (PDF). - Sustainable Development Commission

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Wind Power in the UK (PDF). - Sustainable Development Commission

6 Landscape and environmentalone. Considering the high level of national,and often local, support for wind power thisseems to be a reasonable approach in caseswhere there is no special landscape designation.There is a strong case for viewing winddevelopments as temporary structures, pendinglonger-term approval on landscape grounds. Asfull decommissioning is usually possible, lastingobjections could potentially be remedied on acase-by-case basis by the eventual removal ofthe turbines at the end of their working lives.The energy options available will have changedby then, and other technologies may beavailable. However, it should also be recognisedthat landscape change has a long history andthat what may seem alien now may becomeaccepted over time. Evidence suggests thathostile opinion towards wind farms tend tosoften after they are commissioned, and there isno reason to believe this trend will not bereplicated at future developments.Any concern that UK landscapes will be ruinedby wind farm developments needs to bebalanced against the widespread harm thatclimate change itself could cause. Previouschapters have shown that wind power is apractical and viable solution to climate changeas part of the much wider societal and economicchange that is necessary. The development ofonshore wind power will make a majorcontribution to meeting renewable energytargets and it is not practical to expect offshorewind, which is significantly more expensive, todo this alone.FURTHER INFORMATIONCountryside Agency - www.countryside.gov.ukDepartment of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs -www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-countrysideCountryside Council for Wales - www.ccw.gov.ukCampaign to Protect Rural England - www.cpre.org.ukCampaign for the Protection of Rural Wales - www.cprw.org.ukScottish Natural Heritage - www.snh.org.uk64 Wind Power in the UK sustainable development commission

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