The Paradox of Nimbyism

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The Paradox of Nimbyism

A question that we’ve sliced and diced in the Innesco office over the years is – is it actually possible, by their very definition, to placate, convince or satisfy a Nimby, beyond withdrawing your proposals? The culture of Nimbyism had grown palpably in the mid 2000’s, when things were good, and therefore why settle for anything that’s upset that equilibrium?

John Prescott drew the plaudits in 2009  when he pledged to wage war on Nimby’s, and more recently, Bob Neill MP  seemed to say much the same. Thank heavens for that – as with Nimby’s around, no appropriate or sustainable development would proceed (for those are the two criteria Innesco needs to satisfy itself with). No fair decisions would be achieved, and the opinions of the few would win over the needs of the many – an elitist scenario.

We’ve managed to satisfy our souls and sleep at night in the knowledge that society cannot succeed whilst selfish acts of individualism or protectionism occur, and that (in general) good things do happen when you do things (or deliver projects) that benefit others – especially well researched things that demand tenacity, conviction, collaboration and vision as a result of an even handed decision making process.

Dan Innes, MD

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