Older generation oppose wind farms, says IPB
Independent research by Manchester-based public consultation firm IPB Communications has come to the conclusion older people are blocking the building of wind farms.
IPB Communications commissioned the research and presented its findings at the 2010 Renewable UK Conference in Glasgow.
The research found more than 75% of people polled said they would be in favour of plans to build a wind farm producing green energy close to where they live, with 86% of 16 to 34 year olds surveyed saying they would back the proposals.
IPB said nobody under the age of 24 said they would oppose a wind farm in their area and only one third of wind farm planning applications are actually getting approved.
The research showed that 61% of people aged over 55 were in favour of building a wind farm near their home and twice as many retired people opposed wind farms than those who are working.
IPB said spoilt views and increases in noise were the main concerns of those who said they oppose wind farms, while those in favour said protecting the environment for children, and renewable energy being the only way forward were the main reasons for supporting developments.
Speaking at the conference, John Quinton-Barber, from IPB Communications, said: "Younger people are clearly in favour of building wind farms for green energy, but they are not getting their message across.
"It is these generations, and their children, who are going to have to live with the long-term consequences of climate changes, so it is vital they stand up and have their say now.
"At the moment the statistics don't add up. The opinions of older people seem to be taking priority when it comes to decision making. The silent majority need to find their voice and take their views to councillors when it comes to renewable energy."
Quinton-Barber added that councils are rejecting two thirds of wind farms applications at planning committees.