The National Trust has set out its battle plan for rural “warfare” with a list of 25 wind farm projects it is challenging.
Sir Simon Jenkins, the Chairman of the Trust, spoke yesterday of the “warfare” in the countryside sparked by a huge number of housing developments and wind farms planned in rural areas.
Today the Trust reveals they are opposing or “keeping a close eye” on 25 wind farms that threaten stately homes and unspoilt landscape around the countryside.
Britain is building more wind turbines this year than ever before with more than 1,200 turbines due to start spinning throughout the countryside and around the coast over the next 12 months.
The Midlands alone has eight applications for wind farms near heritage properties, largely because the region has less protection from designation like national parks.
The properties under threat range from Georgian estates to fishing villages. Coastline around Morecambe Bay and the Isle of Wight is in danger.
Some properties, like Hardwick Hall in Yorkshire, is surrounded by a number of applications to build wind farms.
The Atlantic Array in the Bristol Channel threatens Lundy Island, one of the most important breeding sites in the UK for puffins.
Sir Simon said the Trust hears of new developments threatening precious landscapes “every week” and receives “enraged letters.”
“We don’t want to be thought as an automatic nay-sayer but where they infringe on our properties we have an obligation to be concerned,” he said.
“The National Trust is about safeguarding beautiful landscapes and beautiful landscapes to most people means in a natural state, it means when someone is proposing an intrusive development we are expected to respond.”
Sir Simon said most people come to National Trust properties to enjoy a beautiful landscape and an industrial object like a wind turbine risks ruining that experience.
“Most people are frankly offended by them.”