Given two identical houses at the same price, one with wind turbines on the horizon, which would you buy?
No prizes for guessing that the twirling monsters would be a deterrent. But the British Wind Energy Association dismisses this as a “myth about windfarms – their impact on house prices”.
It is hardly surprising that a trade organisation uses “spin” to sell its windmills, but I wonder how it will react to the news in Denmark’s Copenhagen Post (July 30) that its government is drafting a proposal suggesting that “homeowners living in the shadow of the 150-metre giants be compensated for lost property value where values have been brought down by the presence of nearby wind turbines”.
Dr John Etherington
7 August 2007
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