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The plant's operator has released data from a monitoring exercise which showed five of the 12 measured locations were noisier than Government maximums. But in a study to verify the data, acoustic specialists say the firm has not factored in an extra audible "hum" which would push all the readings above the maximum.
Dick Bowdler, a member of the IOU who is not involved in the study, said noise level limits and health effects should have been taken into account as part of the new guidance. The acoustics consultant pointed out that this is not only essential for planning a wind farm, but for compensation if it is built.
Councils must not bow to pressure from campaigners to create buffer zones around towns and villages to prevent wind farms blighting people's lives, a new report claims. The study comes as a battle rages across the region between renewable energy plant developers and locals who say turbines are being built much too close to homes.
A thousand wind turbines are on course to be built in the Scottish Borders thanks to the SNP's "backroom bullying" of the local council to ignore public opposition, it has been claimed. Campaigners said official figures showed wind farm developers have already built or have planning permission for 403 turbines in the picturesque tourist area.
Almost 8,000 people signed the petition calling for a ban on wind turbines in Anglesey's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and a 1.5km buffer zone between commercial turbines and homes on the island.
In his latest report Dr Hanning said: "Industrial wind turbines emit a unique impulsive noise pattern, described as thumping, swooshing and rumbling. It contains a large element of low frequency noise which travels further and penetrates buildings more easily than high frequency sound.
The developer carried out its own noise risk assessment but the council has appointed an independent noise expert to assess the risk of noise pollution at the site. NoPilrow spokesman David Maund said: "It is good Sedgemoor is taking the issue of noise seriously.
Mountaineers were among campaigners opposed the six new turbines at Lochluichart wind farm as the famous Ben Wyvis peak would have views over the extension. Despite 124 objections - compared to nine in support - Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has granted consent.
Angry residents have slammed a Scottish Government decision to overrule councillors and a decision to refuse a wind turbine development in a Lothian beauty spot. A proposal to build two 70-metre high turbines at Ferneylea Farm was rejected by East Lothian Council in March over fears it would harm the landscape.
It is the map of the country which lays bare for the first time the full extent of the Scottish Government's drive to convert the nation to wind power. Scotland's familiar rugged outline is peppered with at least 535 huge wind farms - taking up an estimated three to five per cent of the total land mass of Scotland - many of them located in areas of outstanding natural beauty.
A provocative investigation claims thousands of people are falling sick because they live near them. The symptoms they claim to have suffered may vary – including dizziness; increased blood pressure and depression – but the theme remains the same.
The school had been warned when it was granted planning permission in 2009 that if noise were to become an issue the turbine may have to be decommissioned. Specialist engineers had worked with the school over a period of about eight months to try to reduce noise, but modifying the blade tips and even shortening the blades themselves had little effect.
Infrastructure minister David Cretney has written to developers of a planned wind farm in the Irish Sea, outlining the Manx government's concerns about the impact it could have on the Island's economy.
Concerned residents of two communities on the edge of the town are preparing to do battle over a proposal for two massive wind turbines near the A14. Pinewood and Belstead parish councils are working together to establish what is planned for land at Thorington Hall between the two villages.
"We are not against genuinely small-scale, well-sited wind turbines, which do not harm the local amenity and supply energy to a farm or premises. "What we are against is the inappropriate siting of large turbines where they adversely affect landscape and blight the lives of people who live nearby."
This useful analysis examines many of the key issues raised before the Courts in the United Kingdom regarding wind turbine noise nuisance cases. An excerpt of the paper is provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.
"It took six months to persuade them to move and now their lives are going to be blighted by the sight of these turbines." Jane and Julian are now throwing their weight - as well as their almost expert knowledge of wind turbines - behind a campaign to stop the development at The Delph.
This important document critiques the ETSU-R-97 environmental assessment of noise from wind turbines in the United Kingdom. The ETSU-R-97 was written by a Noise Working Group (NWG) set up in 1995 by the Department of Trade and Industry through ETSU (the Energy Technology Support Unit). The noise policy is still in effect today and followed by wind developers outside of the United Kingdom.
Mr Vizzard explained that his group wants a policy put in place that sets in stone the maximum height of a turbine within a certain distance of a residential property. Other councils that have set policies on wind turbines include Milton Keynes, which bans any turbines within 1.2km of homes, while councils in Wiltshire and Lincolnshire have also imposed restrictions.
This brief filed by sleep expert, Dr. Christopher Hanning, reviews the potential consequences of wind turbine noise and, in particular, its effect on sleep and health and to make recommendations with regard to minimum setback distances. Dr. Hanning considers whether, in the absence of new national guidance should there be minimum or recommended separation distances between commercial scale wind developments and residential properties and other sensitive developments?”