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Judge backs council move to accept wind farm noise monitoring

Permission was granted for nine turbines in the Den Brook Valley, near Crediton, back in 2009, but the facility remains on the drawing board due to concerns over noise pollution. The scheme has already been the subject of two public inquiries and a recent ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority on “exaggerated” claims by developers RES over its advertised output.
12 Nov 2014

Residents to finally get a break from the din from Dong

People living on the East Coast can look forward to a good night’s sleep after an offshore wind farm developer agreed not to lay foundations for new turbines overnight Residents in Withernsea and further afield have been complaining bitterly about the “din from Dong” which began when the energy firm started laying piles for in February.
2 May 2014

The ‘din from Dong’ which is stopping sleep

Residents say they are fed up with loud hammering in the middle of the night from an offshore wind farm being constructed off the east coast. An MP has called for a meeting with Dong Energy after people in Withernsea and villages along the coast have been woken by the dull thud of piling for the huge turbines being constructed just offshore. ...Villagers a mile inland were also disturbed in the middle of the night.
1 Mar 2014

Residents get turbine muted at night

Residents in nearby streets have complained about the “very loud whining and whirring” noise from the spinning blades disturbing their sleep. And now engineers have been drafted in to fit a switch which allows it to be switched off during anti-social hours following enforcement action from the council over alleged breach of planning consent.
3 Feb 2014

Industry reveals plan to tackle wind turbine noise

Wind turbines are known to result in two types of noise: the common "swishing" sounds caused by the blades and known technically as Normal Amplitude Modulation (NAM), and rarer "whumph" noises known as Other Amplitude Modulation (OAM), the cause of which has to date been uncertain. However, new research to be published today ...identifies the cause of OAM noise as sharp changes in wind speed and direction. The report concludes that sudden changes in wind speed and direction can on occasion lead to a partial stall of a turbine, resulting in the "whumph" noise.
16 Dec 2013

Lobby group 'influenced wind farm noise report’

Internal energy department emails released following a freedom of information request show the lobby group met ministry officials, after which it was assured that “the majority of R-UK’s input” was “reflected in the guidance”. Both the Government and the report’s author said last night that RenewableUK had not influenced the advice, but the emails raise new questions about the Coalition’s openness over its wind farm policy.
3 Dec 2013

Shipdham wind turbine saga rumbles on at latest inquiry

Giving evidence on behalf of the residents of nearby Daffy Green, Lee Hoare explained to the inquiry how, according to her research, the closer the turbines are together, the greater the noise they will generate. Dr Hoare said: “Noise impacts have been understated in this application.
19 Nov 2013

RES withdraws plan to amend AM noise condition

West Devon Borough Council sought the advice of independent experts to assess the merits of a noise condition imposed upon the Den Brook Wind Farm, but the findings did not fall in favour of the applicants, Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES) who propose to build the wind farm in the Den Brook valley between Bow, Spreyton and North Tawton.
23 Aug 2013

Wind farm health risks (Andrew Halcrow)

Dr Taylor uses "annoyance" in its medical term. She states, "Annoyance is recognised as a critical health effect, and is associated in some people with stress, sleep disturbance and interference with daily living." She says symptoms such as, "...headache, irritability, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, dizziness, anxiety, and sleep disturbance, are often described in relation to annoyance".
3 Aug 2013

NHS report explores health impact of windfarms

"It is generally accepted that the primary effect of low frequency noise on people is annoyance. Annoyance is recognised as a critical health effect, and is associated in some people with stress, sleep disturbance, and interference with daily living." ...Low level noise from wind turbines, in particular the "audible modulation of the aerodynamic noise", was more likely to cause "annoyance" than similar levels from other sources.
1 Aug 2013

Couple who can't escape the shadow of the wind turbines

Mrs Siddell, 69, who has had serious health problems in recent years, describes the Hadyard Hill wind farm they face as a "nightmare", and sometimes retreats to the lavatory to escape its effects. ...According to Struan Stevenson, the Conservative MEP, the Siddells are not alone, and the Scottish Government's drive for more wind farms is "blighting" lives across the country.
6 Jun 2013
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