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Wind trouble

As Nimbyism becomes more rife, getting permission to build wind generators is becoming increasingly difficult. But über-green Bill Dunster, of BedZed fame, has come up with a clever wheeze. On the Jubilee Wharf mixed-use project in Penryn, Cornwall, Dunster wanted four sizeable generators on the quayside but knew he would have trouble getting permission. So, he explained, ‘I originally drew flagpoles, and then made them more and more turbine-like’. He is unrepentant about the deception. ‘If they had been flagpoles the flags would have made more noise than the generators will,’ he said. But even Dunster doesn’t always get it right. After he went to a lot of effort to erect a small wind generator on his own house, the council then gave permission for somebody to build a three-and-a-half storey apartment building opposite, which blocked all the wind. The only possible recourse would be in the courts. ‘It needs somebody with a lot of money,’ Dunster said. ‘And that isn’t me.’

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