Home-owners slow wind park progress

Almost two-thirds of the new wind park building projects in the Netherlands are being delayed mainly because of objections from locals, according to an analysis of 214 wind power projects by the environment ministry.

‘It is positive that so many projects are being developed but there is still a lot of work to be done to get public support,’ a ministry spokesman told ANP news service.
The department’s survey makes it clear that the national government needs to discuss the situation with local councils and find ways to solve bottlenecks in the planning process, he said.
The state might also need to impose stricter targets on where and how many turbines should be placed, the ministry spokesman said.
Local residents are afraid that wind turbines will reduce the value of their homes.

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