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This brief filed by sleep expert, Dr. Christopher Hanning, reviews the potential consequences of wind turbine noise and, in particular, its effect on sleep and health and to make recommendations with regard to minimum setback distances. Dr. Hanning considers whether, in the absence of new national guidance should there be minimum or recommended separation distances between commercial scale wind developments and residential properties and other sensitive developments?”
Dozens of Conservative MPs are currently pushing for nationwide limits to stop wind farms coming too close to housing. However, the Milton Keynes ban could affect RWE's plans to put 17 wind turbines on two different sites in the face of strong local opposition.
"The pressure being put on our planners is coming from the sheer number of wind turbine applications ...We have already pinpointed areas where turbines could be potentially sited. However, developers are simply ignoring these when making applications which, in turn, is making life more complex for our planning teams."
Ewing said public opposition to the farm from was justified because of its potential effect on the views of local residents as well as its cumulative effect when combined with the scores of existing turbines already present in the windswept Highlands region.
The policy states that no turbines should be built within 2km of someone's home, or 10km of a village of more than 10 properties. The stance has attracted national interest, coming as the Government is expected to slash subsidies for turbines as the mood turns against the structures.
"A proliferation of wind farms would not only have a severe impact on the natural environment, it could also seriously jeopardise a major sector of our economy. "Similarly, we think it's unfair for residential areas to be blighted by wind farms.
While the decision was praised by environmentalists, local campaigners accused the firm of making token gestures. It follows a landmark High Court ruling, which stated that the Coalition's renewable energy targets did not outweigh value of the beauty of the English countryside.
Villagers disturbed by wind turbines in Kessingland have been told they cannot be shut down while operators try to fix problems with noise and vibration. Operators EcoGen and Triodos apologised for the disruption at a public meeting today, but refused to stop the turbines amid claims it would lose them money.
A rural community has united in opposing plans for a wind turbine. More than 30 letters of complaint have been registered against plans for an 11kW wind turbine in Stank.
The study released Tuesday by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection shows that the Wind One industrial turbine in the Cape Cod town of Falmouth produces noise louder than the state allows. The report marks the first time the state has recommended a shut-off of a wind turbine.
Residents in Palgrave say work to decrease the noise from the village community centre's controversial wind turbine has not worked. The turbine was switched off for two months while the community centre worked to reduce the noise emitted by the 24-metre high turbine.
An impassioned plea from the residents of the Feldon Vale to stop the spread of industrial wind farms throughout South Warwickshire's rural landscape. Featuring the landscape photography of Warwickshire photographer Graham Bullock and CGI simulations of the proposed Starbold Wind Farm, next to the Burton Dassett Country Park. Duration: 6 minutes 5 seconds
Countryside campaigners have warned that vast swathes of tranquil landscapes could be blighted by a "hurricane of wind farms" as it emerged new plans have been put forward for more turbines in Bronte Country.
The Oireachtas is to consider in detail shortly a Bill, tabled by Labour Senator John Kelly, that would impose restrictions on the location of wind turbines near people's homes. Under the Bill, ...larger turbines of 50m-150m would have to be a minimum of 1km to 2km away.
The Danish wind turbine manufacturer accuses concerned neighbours of giant wind turbines of merely wanting to destroy the wind turbine industry. A harsh smear, but it works, says a professor. Vestas rejects the criticism.
In an interview with The Journal Mr Davey disagreed with those opposed to wind farms in place across Northumberland, saying that while it is not his place to say what people should like, critics had to realise "beauty is in the eye of the beholder".
Councillor and MLA, David McClarty, said he was "disappointed" at the planning service's decision to approve given the sizable opposition to the scheme. "Fifty-five people are going to suffer from this," he said. "They already suffer from the existing turbine and if this goes ahead their problems will increase three-fold."
Six wind turbines earmarked for the South Staffordshire countryside would pose "serious consequences to the health, safety and wellbeing of residents" it has been claimed. Campaigners say increased traffic congestion and noise due to the turbines would also blight residents' lives.
David Cameron risks a backlash from the countryside after defending the Government's plans to support onshore wind farms. ...Nick Williams, who lives in the shadow of one of the Fullabrook turbines made an emotional plea to "stop the onslaught of the countryside". He said: "I'm a prisoner of Fullabrook."
Matt Baker, the presenter of BBC's Countryfile, is the latest high profile figure to question the effectiveness of wind farms and ask if they are a threat to the beauty of the British countryside.