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Wind farms could face new restrictions as Government launches investigation

Dr Lee Moroney, director of planning at the Renewable Energy Foundation, a charity which has questioned the value of windfarms, called on the department to ensure the review is completely transparent by publishing all the research. "Hayes McKenzie habitually work for wind farm developers and we will need to see all the data to know that it has been correctly gathered," she said.
1 Aug 2010

Noise threat to wind turbines

Plans to erect nine turbines at Den Brook, near Crediton, Mid-Devon, await a decision from the High Court following a two-day hearing this week. Now it has emerged the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has commissioned a review to examine how planning authorities have applied guidance on noise pollution.
1 Aug 2010

Wind turbine at Wotton school has been out of action for four months

A school wind turbine that was set to teach children that energy "doesn't come out of a plug socket" has been sat idle for four months due to a technical problem. The turbine at Blue Coat Primary, in Wotton-under-Edge, has not been spinning since Easter because it was too noisy and nearby residents had complained to the council.
26 Jul 2010

Calls for Alltwalis Wind Farm to be shut down

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.
7 Jul 2010

Wind developer comments on project noise assessment

100611_northumberland_cc_let_thumb Wind Prospect LTD, developers of the Deeping St Nicholas, Gedney Marsh, and Bicker Wind Farms received consent to erect the controversial Green Rigg Fell wind facility consisting of eighteen 2 megawatt turbines (36 MW). This letter prepared by Wind Prospect's attorneys, Hammond LTD, raises concern over possible noise impacts on a Holiday Centre and Equestrian Development proposed to be built near the wind project. The letter was submitted to the Northumberland County Planning Department which is expected to approve the Holiday Centre.
11 Jun 2010

Wind turbine noise, sleep and health

Wind_turbine_noise_sleep_health_thumb This paper is based on proofs of evidence produced for several UK Planning Inquiries. As such, it concentrates on the regulatory system in the UK. Other jurisdictions will have different systems.The aim is to inform those seeking to regulate the siting of wind turbines close to human habitation. It will be updated regularly as new information comes to hand. Users are encouraged to check the Society for Wind Vigilance Website for the latest updates.
1 Apr 2010

Campaign groups, from all parts of the country, WindConf Conference 2010

Campaigners have called for a national debate about wind farms ahead of the General Election, during a conference in the North-East. Experts from a range of disciplines issued a number of warnings against wind farms at WindConf Conference 2010, which was held on Saturday. ...Dr Chris Hanning, a retired NHS sleep disorder specialist, said turbines should not be built within 2km of homes.
8 Mar 2010

Davis v. Fenland Windfarms LTD et al, Particulars of Claim

Daviscomplaint_particulars_of_claim_final_version_thumb Jane and Julian Davis filed this complaint before the High Court of Justice, Queen's Bench Division in reference to noise emissions from the eight REpower MM 82 – 2 MW turbines, collectively known as Deeping St Nicholas windcluster. The complaint that was filed with the court on March 8, 2010 seeks injunctive relief to stop the turbines from causing continued nuisance. General damages are also requested for loss of amenity suffered by the Davis' including diminution in value together with costs of renting alternative housing.
8 Mar 2010

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

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

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

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