How Much Protection Do Heritage Sites Have From Wind Turbines

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Courtesy of Stanford Magnets

A heritage site is a location that is important to the cultural or historical heritage of a town, city or country. Wind turbines are large devices used to generate renewable energy. Both equally important, but when pitted against each other lawyers have decided that heritage sites are more important than renewable energy.

The matter was brought to light in January, when a wind farm company wanted to build wind turbines near the historic Elizabethan house in Northamptonshire, Britian.  The wind farm company, which was failing to meet its promised energy demand, planned make up for it by installing hundreds of wind turbines in the area.  However they were quickly halted by opposition from locals wishing to protect the historical heritage of the town. The case was taken to court where it was quickly closed in favor of heritage sites.

The entire wind power industry was keeping a close eye on this case because it will deliver a result on how much protection should heritage sites have from wind turbines. The experimental results showed that most of the heritage sites such as architectural, historical, religious and cultural have a significant impact from wind turbines. Essentially the changes in the natural environment that take place as a result of large wind farms is the main reason, which helped lawyers to come to a conclusion regarding the above case.

Even though the effect that take place from wind farms cannot be seen, it is measurable in the long run. This has also forced the National Trust and English Heritage to consider the existing large scale wind farms that lie in close proximity to heritage sites. Wind farms play a major role when contributing towards the energy requirements of the present world. Therefore, they cannot be eliminated and the heritage sites should also be protected along with that. Therefore, the relevant authorities are now following a flexible policy when dealing with these issues.

Even though energy generation has become an essential factor in the present world, it should be carried out in an environmentally and socially fitting way. In particular surrounding heritage sites in addition to wildlife should be priority of the planning team. 

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