expert set to probe wind farm proposals near Burnham-On-Sea
fighting plans for a new wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea have this
week welcomed the news that Sedgemoor District Council has appointed
an independent noise expert to assess the risk of noise pollution
from the proposed wind turbines.
firm Broadview wants to construct four 130-metre tall wind turbines
- each as tall as Brent Knoll - on land at Pilrow Farm, south
spokesman David Maund told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It is good
that Sedgemoor is taking the issue of noise seriously, but unfortunately,
the legislation regulating noise and wind farms is considered
by many noise consultants to be not fit for purpose."
added: "In their planning application, Broadview states that
operational noise levels from the wind farm will be within levels
deemed, by national guidance, to be acceptable for wind energy
schemes and would not have any significant effects upon residential
imagine residents near the Fullabrook wind farm in North Devon
were given similar reassurances by the developer. Recently, the
local press in Devon reported that the wind farm exceeded the
acceptable level of noise and breached the planning conditions."
explained: "Since Fullabrook wind farm would have met the
standard dictated by the ETSU-97 legislation during the planning
phase, it is surely obvious that this legislation is no longer
sufficiently rigorous for the much larger turbines now being employed."
issue of noise pollution doesnt stop with audible sound.
Wind turbines emit infrasound which has a frequency too low to
be heard by the human ear. Although infrasound is not audible
it may possibly be the cause of symptoms known as Wind Turbine
Heritage has already stated that Broadviews Environmental
Impact Statement is flawed, now Sedgemoor planners feel it necessary
to conduct independent noise assessments, I wonder how many more
inaccuracies may be in Broadviews planning submission."
Broadview spokeswoman responded to Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We
welcome the news that Sedgemoor has appointed an independent body
to review the noise assessment. In 2011, as part of the public
consultation for the now adopted National Policy Statements, the
ETSU guidance was the subject of a Government review which concluded
that there is no substantive evidence that the fundamental
guidelines are unsound and the Government therefore has no plans
to revise them."
works by placing enforceable restrictions on noise levels created
by wind farms at neighbouring properties. This has been demonstrated
at Fullabrook where the wind farm has been found to be in breach
of the imposed levels, and action is currently being taken to
the wind farm is incapable of operating within the prescribed
limits then it will be forced to cease operation until it can
be demonstrated that the planning permission can be complied with.
At Pilrow, our assessment has demonstrated that the proposed wind
farm can operate comfortably within the ETSU limits at all times."
District Council's planning department is currently considering
Broadview's planning application.