Wind Farms

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 22nd February 2007.

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Photo of John Whittingdale John Whittingdale Chair, Culture, Media and Sport Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received on noise limits for onshore wind farm developments.

Photo of Alistair Darling Alistair Darling Secretary of State for Trade and Industry

My Department regularly receives representations on onshore wind farm noise limits.

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John Etherington
Posted on 26 Feb 2007 11:12 am (Report this annotation)

If Mr Darling believes his dismissive comment is an adequate answer to the question about wind farm noise, I refer him to the recent document by Peter Hadden and Barbara Frey, "Noise Radiation from Wind Turbines Installead Near Homes: Effects on Health". This provides a large number of well referenced cases of complaint from all over the world.

Furthermore why did Mr Darling not refer to the current consideration by government of the Hayes McKenzie report and its findings relating to Aerodynamic Modulation (AM)? - in particular clearly identifying and understanding the extent of the AM noise issue and therefore whether any amendment to ETSU-R-97 is needed (ETSU-R-97 - Assessment and Rating of Noise from Wind Farms' ).

Catherine Newcombe
Posted on 28 Feb 2007 12:16 pm (Report this annotation)

There must be hundreds if not thousands of people who, if the "Effects on Health" report referred to by Mr Etherington is correct, will suffer considerably as a result of the many new wind farms proposed in quiet rural areas.

Please can we have an open, reasoned and independent review of the current planning guidelines on wind turbine noise which I see are 9 years out of date.