Friday, 7 October 2011

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This post is one I have been meaning to get to for a while - it is about objecting, and more importantly how you can object to wind farm applications - and what you can object to.

So, what is this 'objecting'? Well, essentially it is about individuals expressing their democratic right to say that they are not happy with a proposed development. The term 'NIMBY' (not in my back yard) is often applied to people who object to planning applications. Unfortunately, it is an Americanism that seems to have found a home in our culture. In reality, objecting to a planning application is nothing more than somebody expressing their personal belief that something being proposed is well, objectionable to them.

Should you object? As an individual, you must decide and although it is better to object to something with a reasoned argument, you don't actually have to say why you object. Just objecting means your 'voice' has to be noted. It is ultimately a personal choice, and one that each individual has as much right to use as their vote during elections.

There are a couple of other points to note about objecting. First of all, every individual has a right to object irrespective of their physical location relative to a proposed development. Secondly, it is entirely acceptable for both partners to object to something - indeed, having both partners objecting to something shows the strength of feeling far better than just one person objecting and from that perspective, it is to be encouraged.

Astute observers will have noticed an extra link appearing at the top of this blog last night, entitled Object! The page this new link takes you to presents a table showing you what you can currently object to with regard to wind farms in this area. Below this table is a guide to the process of objecting. So, if you haven't done so already - feel free to express your opinion.