Anyone who has ever sat through a PowerPoint presentation anywhere at any time on any topic will agree there are far too many acronyms in this world.
But very occasionally someone comes up with a new acronym so ingenious it makes you thank the day people worked out it was quicker and easier to stick the first letter of a series of words together than write them all down. Today is one of those days.
Our recent series of articles on the chilling effect the government's Localism Bill will have on renewable energy development – during which we have revealed the furious response to the proposals from across the industry and questioned whether Eric Pickles knows what he is doing – has prompted a good number of reader comments.
But hats off to Mike Landy for sharing the perfect description for the government's planning policy, which I happily admit I will now be using at every opportunity:
It is hard to see how the UK's target of 15% renewable energy by 2020 can be achieved without a significant contribution from onshore wind. The localism bill has all the makings of a NIMBY charter, based on history over recent years. If the government is serious about achieving its renewable energy targets then it is vital for the bill to reflect this by providing safeguards against NIMBYism for well-sited renewable energy projects. There is a distinct danger we could be heading towards BANANA (build absolutely nothing anywhere near anything).
Bananas indeed. Not to mention a perfect summation of what I suspect is the ultimate goal of Eric Pickles' extraordinarily retrograde attempt at legislation.
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