Wind Turbines

Energy and Climate Change – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 7th July 2011.

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Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Conservative, Daventry 10:30 am, 7th July 2011

What steps he plans to take in response to the recommendation to his Department from Hayes McKenzie on the adequacy of guidance to developers and local authorities on best practice in the assessment and rating of noise from wind turbines.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Hayes McKenzie report was published in June and included a range of recommendations. The Institute of Acoustics has agreed to a request from me to set up a working group to take forward these recommendations and develop advice for communities, developers and planners on how best to assess the noise impacts of proposed wind farms in a consistent manner.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Conservative, Daventry

I thank the Minister for his reply. Footnote 34 of that report stated that the noise regulations were “inconsistently applied” and recommended better guidance on best practice for developers and planning authorities. Supposedly, the Government are working with the industry to draft that. Until the Government issue that guidance, developers across the UK are taking advantage of the confusion. When will we finally get these recommendations?

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

We have asked the Institute of Acoustics, because of its professionalism in this area, to consider things on a case-by-case basis rather than waiting until the entire report is complete so that we can have as much clarity and consistency as possible at the earliest possible stage.