In contrast to the softly-softly approach of Almere (above), the local council in Harlemmermeer near Amsterdam is looking to wind to put the region on the map. It is currently considering the possibility of building a 20 turbine wind farm in the vicinity of Schiphol airport. Using 80 metre towers, the proposed development will form a huge piece of landscape art to give motorists on the A4 the impression of driving under the propellers of an aircraft. The proposed wind farm will supply new residential areas in Hoofdorp and Nieuw-Vennep, where a total of 17,500 homes are to be built in the next few years. It will also provide a spectacular gateway to Harlemmermeer and first reactions to the proposal have been enthusiastic, according to the council. "But so far we have given free reign to our imagination. Now we have to see what is actually feasible."
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