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Noise complaints about one in six wind farms

The cottages around Askam wind farm occupy the perfect spot, looking out to sea over to the isle of Man and inland to the Lake District. The only problem is the noise. The seven turbines have sparked the most complaints about wind farms in the country. Residents complain of a noise like someone is "mixing cement in the sky" or a "clog is stuck in the tumble dryer" and they are not the only ones.
6 Mar 2010

Newland wind farm access route row

Angry householders are demanding an explanation for what they claim is "appalling" treatment at the hands of developers building a 12-turbine wind farm at Newland. Work has been started on the site at Pease Farm and Rusholme Grange by developers Wind Prospect on behalf of the French power company EDF Energy Renewables.
4 Mar 2010

'Wind farm will harm my autistic sons'

The Flixborough Grange wind farm inquiry has heard evidence from a dad who says turbines harm his autistic sons. Trevor Glathorne spent two hours giving his evidence to the Flixborough Grange inquiry at the Kingsway Centre. He said the Bagmoor Farm turbines had already had an unforeseen impact on his twin boys Lewis and Ross, both aged eight.
26 Feb 2010

Sleep worries over Rushy Mead wind farm plan

The proposed site lies between junctions 10 and 11 of the M4 Campaigners against plans for a wind farm in east Berkshire have raised fears the noise of the turbines will disrupt their sleeping patterns. Opponents to the five turbines by the M4 in Rushy Mead, have invited sleep expert Dr Christopher Hanning to speak at a public meeting later.
16 Feb 2010

Valley wind farm battle goes to High Court again

The decision to approve a wind farm in the Den Brook valley is to be challenged at the High Court - for a second time. Mike Hulme, of the Den Brook Judicial Review Group (DBJRG), claims the noise condition imposed by inspector Andrew Pykett is "defective". Mr Hulme said: "Our assessment of the decision leaves neighbours surrounding the wind farm proposal vulnerable to sleep disturbance from potentially health-damaging noise pollution created by the industrial scale turbines.
5 Feb 2010

Wind turbines set to get bigger

Wind turbines are set to get larger as the demand for more efficient energy increases, a hearing heard yesterday. And an Institute of Acoustics (IOA) conference into wind turbine noise was told that people living near them claiming to suffer from the effects of turbine noise may have to have treatment to deal with it.
28 Jan 2010

Wind farms can cause noise problems finds study

Scientists dismissed the idea of a "wind turbine syndrome" where the vibrations in the air or the particular sound waves from wind turbines cause headaches, nausea and panic attacks. However, they did concede that the swishing sound caused by wind turbines can "annoy" some people, keeping them awake at night and even causing psychological problems because of the stress.
28 Jan 2010

NAS warns against low frequency noise coming from turbines

Yesterday, the Noise Abatement Society (NAS) had issued a warning that villagers living near wind farms could experience sickness from the low frequency noise produced by the turbine blades. The society highlighted a report from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which states that low frequency noise could cause annoyance, body vibrations, loss of sleep and stress.
19 Jan 2010

Wind farms, a noise nuisance?

They could generate enough electricity to light up about half a million homes by harnessing the power of the wind. But while environmentalists have championed the prospect of up to 200 giant wind turbines rising 145m out of the Channel, there are growing concerns about the presence of a next-generation wind farm off the New Forest coast.
17 Jan 2010

'Cover-up' over turbine noise

Now it transpires that the original planning application could not have proceeded, but for a Government cover-up relating to turbine noise. The Sunday Times revealed that in 2006 the Hayes-McKenzie partnership (HMP) produced a report for government that recommended a very large reduction in permissible noise levels from 43 to 38 decibels.
2 Jan 2010

Wind of change is ruffling the locals

With pressure on the Government to use renewable energy, wind turbines could soon be installed without the need for planning permission. Patrice John discovers there is already a growing backlash among communities to such schemes. ...David Wallbank is against the proposal to place three wind turbines on the Strensham and Twyning border, between Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. The member of the pressure group Strensham Wind Action believes the latest change to planning law by the Government is designed to railroad public opinion.
28 Dec 2009

Limits on wind turbine noise too high

Campaigners have reacted with anger to allegations that civil servants suppressed warnings over health problems caused by the noise from wind turbines. The revelation that current limits on wind turbine noise could be too high comes as planning authorities across the North-East and North Yorkshire consider proposals for more wind farms.
21 Dec 2009

Governed by the ill wind of deception

This weekend it was revealed that a report commissioned by a government department into the noise made by wind turbines and the effect on those who live near them had been quietly doctored. In 2006, the acoustics firm Hayes Mackenzie was commissioned to measure noise on three wind farms. Its findings were most inconvenient. The noise made by the turbines was significantly higher than those foreseen in the Government's 1996 guidelines.
16 Dec 2009

Wind turbine noise warnings were dismissed by civil servants

Wind turbines Consultants recommended lowering night-time noise limits because the sounds made by spinning blades were enough to disrupt sleep patterns. However, the advice, contained in a draft version of their 2006 report, was removed from the final submission which was eventually used in official guidance for local authorities ruling on planning applications from wind farm developers. It means that hundreds of turbines at wind farms in Britain built since 2006 have been allowed to continue generating high levels of noise.
13 Dec 2009

Officials cover up wind farm noise report

The guidance from consultants indicated that the sound level permitted from spinning blades and gearboxes had been set so high - 43 decibels - that local people could be disturbed whenever the wind blew hard. The noise was also thought likely to disrupt sleep. The report said the best way to protect locals was to cut the maximum permitted noise to 38 decibels, or 33 decibels if the machines created discernible "beating" noises as they spun. It has now emerged that officials removed the warnings from the draft report in 2006 by Hayes McKenzie Partnership (HMP), the consultants. The final version made no mention of them.
13 Dec 2009

Wind farms: green boon or a blot on landscape?

Few construction projects could claim to have split public opinion so fiercely, but the growth of Scotland's wind farms will be inescapable during the coming decade. According to The Herald's calculations, the 1131 turbines already installed take up roughly 54 square km, or 0.06% of Scotland's area. ..."The Government's strategy has been transformed from an initial promise to reduce emissions, and generate energy through a mix of renewables, to one that is almost solely focused on heavily subsidised wind farms."
7 Dec 2009
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