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Winds of change: Fresh hope for householders' lives blighted by 'strobe light' effect from turbines

The blight of shadow flicker from turbine blades could soon be a thing of the past for those living near wind farms. The government has recommended strict guidelines for developers to relieve householders of the annoying strobe-like effect.

The blight of shadow flicker from turbine blades could soon be a thing of the past for those living near wind farms.

The government has recommended strict guidelines for developers to relieve householders of the annoying strobe-like effect.

The flickering is caused by the periodic shadows that are cast by the wind turbine's rotor blades.

Residents living near to the giant turbines have complained that the 'visual pollution' has caused stress-related symptoms and headaches - and even led to a fall in house prices.

But their misery could soon be over after a Government study into the problem recommended that the turbines are no longer built too close to homes.

The report commissioned by the Department of Energy and Climate Change suggested that turbines should be more than 10 rotor diameters from properties.

An average turbine with an 80-metre diameter would need to be 800 metres from the nearest home.

The report stated that shadow flicker could be a 'significant nuisance' and mentioned a risk for people with epilepsy whose condition could be triggered by the constant flashing of light.

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The blight of shadow flicker from turbine blades could soon be a thing of the past for those living near wind farms.

The government has recommended strict guidelines for developers to relieve householders of the annoying strobe-like effect.

The flickering is caused by the periodic shadows that are cast by the wind turbine's rotor blades.

Residents living near to the giant turbines have complained that the 'visual pollution' has caused stress-related symptoms and headaches - and even led to a fall in house prices.

But their misery could soon be over after a Government study into the problem recommended that the turbines are no longer built too close to homes.

The report commissioned by the Department of Energy and Climate Change suggested that turbines should be more than 10 rotor diameters from properties.

An average turbine with an 80-metre diameter would need to be 800 metres from the nearest home.

The report stated that shadow flicker could be a 'significant nuisance' and mentioned a risk for people with epilepsy whose condition could be triggered by the constant flashing of light.

Lynn Harlock said she was 'sick to death' of the flicker caused from turbine at the Redtile wind farm half-a-mile from her home in Cambridgeshire.


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MAR 17 2011
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