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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the latest of a series about wind farms, Joe Willis talks to people about their experiences of living in the shadow of the giant turbines. FIGHT wind farm developments to the bitter end - that is the advice from angry residents who say they have suffered years of noise and light disturbance from two turbines.
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.
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.
We had a meeting last week in the village of Gwyddgrug, recently overshadowed by ten 110-metre high wind turbines. ...most of the talk was of people who can't sleep because of the thrum of the turbines. One family told of a visitor who, unable to stand it any longer, got up and left in the middle of the night.
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.
Community members have spoken out about £100,000 Colne Valley wind turbine plans. Plans for two 18m (59ft) turbines at a domestic property at Nettleton Hill have been submitted to Kirklees Council. ...angry villagers are in uproar after learning the giant structures will be only metres from dozens of homes.
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.
A wind farm with turbines three times the height of Exeter Cathedral will be built in Devon after a government inspector ruled that combating global warming was more important than local people's quality of life. Andrew Pykett agreed the nine turbines at Den Brook, near Crediton, would be "a cause of some harm in terms of its visual effect on the landscape".
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.
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.
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."