The Committee of the Association of Danish Landowners, Danske Torpare, on behalf of its 10,000 members,
decries property value depreciation by wind mills
1. Statement to the Swedish government
Monday this week the Danish association for Danes with houses in Sweden, named Danske Torpare, adressed a statement about problems with windmills to the Swedish government. A copy was sent to the Danish government. Here is this statement translated into English:
Points of view regarding wind power in Southern Sweden
Since the 1960s the Danes have bought or rented good and well
situated weekend houses in the most southerly areas of Sweden.
Since the end of the 1980's the numbers have increased
considerably and the Danes congregate not only in the traditional
areas in the southwestern Småland, north eastern Skåne and
southern Halland but have moved further north and east.
The association Danske Torpare (Danish Landowners) has since 1980
been an organization of interest to a lot of the Danes, and the association
now counts app 10.000 members.
Sweden's expansion of wind power till 2020 can become a serious
financial problem for many Danes with weekend houses in the country's
southern forest areas. Erection of big wind mills in the locality can result
in substantial depreciation of the property value and in certain cases
makes it impossible for the owner to sell the property and who thus
risks losing the invested capital. Apart from creating difficulties for the
individual it is likely to influence the integration process in the Øresund Region.
It is with increasing apprehension that the members of the association view
this development. An increasing number of people contacts the association
because of the predicted 150-200 meter high wind mills and the risk of a
considerable noise nuisance, shadows, nocturnal flashlights and a spoilt
view plus not least the economic losses of such a development. The
association cannot and does not want to ignore all these many enquiries.
On November 27th 2008 the association therefore held an internal
information meeting about wind power in Southern Sweden and more
that 100 members participated who all one way or another are now
affected by the situation. At the meeting an experienced estate agent,
after having consulted many of his Swedish colleagues, informed that
just a letter applying for erection of a wind mill in the vicinity immediately
depreciated the value of the property by 30 per cent.
Wind mills that are placed closer than 2000 meters to a property can
make it very difficult or impossible to sell for leisure purposes it
was further informed.
It is the nature, the view, the tranquility that since the 1960's attracts
still more Danish people to Sweden and through renovation and
maintenance of their houses and hitherto derelict farms they contribute
to the preservation of the Swedish cultural heritage.
Several Swedish councils are aware of this and have for instance on
their website used this argument to attract the Danes. A good example
is Klippan District council's Danish webpage. TAX Denmark has informed
that in 2007 app 21.700 Danes were owners of Swedish properties. It is
thus a considerable number of people that therefore can be affected by the
expansion of wind power as well of course as the big number of Swedes
that are in the same situation.
It is not the business of Danske Torpare to take a position for or against
wind power. The association only wants to point out the concrete and very
real problems to its members. We are keen to emphasize how much the
association appreciates the readiness to co-operate shown by the Swedes
and that on principle we do not wish to interfere in Swedish affairs.
A big number of foreign citizens who own houses in Sweden may be
seriously affected economically and we therefore ask the Swedish
authorities to be mindful of this predicament.
We are greatly worried about the destruction of the extraordinary beauty
of the Swedish nature – not because wind mills are not all right – but
because there is a danger that they are erected in the wrong places,
are too big and can have a number of negative and unexpected
Danske Torpare predicts that many people will feel compelled to
enter into legal proceedings about compensation with the Swedish
courts of law. We would like to draw attention to the Danish
compensation rules as a possible means of solving the problems.
On behalf of its members the committee of the association is willing
to enter into dialogue with the Swedish authorities and politicians
at all levels. We are ready – at any time and with short notice – to
discuss this predicament in Sweden.
The Committee of the Association of Danish Landowners "Danske Torpare"
2. Danish legislation
Windmills must be situated at a minimum distance of minimum
4 x the height of the mill away from habitation.
If the mill is erected closer than 6 x the height of
the mill an estimation is carried out free of charge
regarding the depreciation of the property value.
If the loss is more than 1% full compensation of the
loss in property value is paid out.
If the property is situated further away than 6 x the height
of the mill, 4000 DKK are payable to have an evaluation of
the loss in value carried out. If it is estimated that the
depreciation is more than 1% the loss in value of the
property is paid out and the 4000 DKK reimbursed.
If it is estimated that there is no loss in value of the
property the 4000 DKK are forfeited.
Peter Skeel Hjorth
Mark Duchamp + 34 679 12 99 97
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