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All eyes will be on Deeping St Nicholas this summer when a landmark case on noise created by wind turbines reaches the High Court. A date has finally been set for Jane and Julian Davis to have their say on turbines which they claim have forced them out of their home.
The Industrial Wind Action Group said the payment must not compromise the need for the properly considered siting of wind farms. "Turbines must be placed where they will do no harm and the community must be granted authority to turn them off if problems arise. Otherwise the money is nothing more than a bribe and should be declined."
Jacky Bonnemains, president of Robin des Bois (Robin Hood), a militant French ecological group, said: "I find it extraordinary no one in government grasps that this will change forever the character of a place of sacred memory. They just don't seem to care." In future, the seascape would be "desecrated" by rows of wind generators, he added.
Nicola Brierley says she has pain in her ears and hasn't had a good night's sleep following the arrival of the controversial facility in September 2008. She claims a low frequency droning noise, similar to the sound of a helicopter, is constantly pulsating into her home, approximately a mile-and-a-half away from the 26 giant turbines on the moors above Norden.
A number of objections were received including one from the residents of Thorney Bank Farm, which stands under 1,000m from the nearest turbine. They felt the three new turbines would have a negative impact on their property both visually and through noise pollution.
Alison Rodgers told how Palterton residents are "losing sleep" after Barlborough-based firm Banks Renewables submitted plans to Bolsover District Council to build three wind turbines on fields in the village.
Residents in the remote island community of Tiree have launched a protest against a large offshore windfarm planned for the area ...They say the arrival of up to 300 people in the form of staff and their families, as well as large machinery would ruin the "quaint" lifestyle the 800 islanders currently enjoy.
Many of those living in Tunstall and Hilston told a public inquiry they will be surrounded by the 110m-high structures on all sides if an application by Energie Kontor for a three-turbine development is allowed. A public session of the inquiry was held at Roos Memorial Hall this week, which allowed residents to have their say.
In 2006, Mr Julian and Mrs Jane Davis' quiet enjoyment of their property had been disturbed by a nearby wind project to such an extent that they were forced to vacate their house, for health reasons. The Lincolnshire Valuation Tribune ruled that construction of the turbines 930 metres away from the dwellings had a significant negative effect on Davis; enjoyment of their properties, that the nuisance caused by the turbines was real and not imagined and it would have an effect on the potential sale price of the properties. Excerpts of the ruling are provided below. The full ruling can be accessed by clicking on the link(s) at the bottom of this page.
"Many nearby residents are unhappy at the lack of public consultation for this. "There are homes located very close to the proposed site. Many are gravely concerned about noise, visual impact, how such a construction will affect property prices, even the desirability to live in area."
The area disturbed by the development has been reduced by 197 acres to 257 acres, while two access junctions have also been removed, cutting the network of access roads by 8.7 miles to just over 62 miles.
"The only solution Wind Prospect have offered is to install curtains. They are expecting me to sit in my house, during the day, with the curtains closed. It's ridiculous." Mrs Soffe, along with husband Simon and two-year-old son Arthur, only moved to the village just six months ago, but now face having a wind farm built 700 metres from their new home.
The 59-year-old - who fears his home on Hobb Lane, Marchington, could lose £100,000 in value - said: "These things will destroy the landscape. The wind turbines are massive.The noise and the flickering of the blades of the turbines will be a real nuisance."
The two separate schemes at Spaldington, near Howden, were rejected earlier this week by East Riding planning councillors. The decisions are now expected to be challenged in appeals by the two energy companies involved, Falck Renewables and Volkswind.
A protest walk is set to highlight a blocked public footpath and controversial wind turbine plans in Grange Moor. Members of the Grange Moor Protest Group (GMAT) are set to walk along a footpath that has been blocked off by barbed wire and debris.
Concerns have been aired about the potential impact on people's health from a planned wind farm near Thornbury. Parish leaders in areas surrounding the site being considered for the scheme said there had not been adequate investigations generally into health problems which are claimed to be linked to wind turbines.
A Powys council spokesman said: "The Welsh Assembly Government and ourselves have asked each of the wind farm companies wishing to build in Powys to clearly demonstrate that they can actually get to the sites they have proposed. "However, we will not allow every road in Powys to be used."
A local Assembly Member has called for Alltwalis wind farm to be shut after the company behind it, Statkraft, refused to take responsibility for the distress caused to families in the surrounding area as a result of noise and flicker problems. Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM has contacted the Director of Statkraft Wind making clear his anger at the inaction of the organisation at dealing with complaints. Mr. Thomas AM has also written to the chief executive of Carmarthenshire County Council requesting that they implement enforcement powers to shut down the site until these matters are resolved.
A farming couple must wait to hear the outcome of their High Court challenge to plans for a wind farm near their land. Rebecca and Brian Barnes of Gilsmere Farm, Killington, claim plans for six turbines at Old Hutton would be a blight on the landscape, cause a noise nuisance, and put their three children at risk.
Campaigners fighting proposals for wind turbines in Dorset have welcomed expert advice saying they shouldn't be built within a mile of homes. An expert on sleeping disorders says the turbines should not be built closer than that to avoid major noise nuisance. Dr Chris Hanning also says noise levels should not be louder than 35 decibels.