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Noise expert to assess wind turbine proposal near Rooksbridge

By Cheddar Valley Gazette  |  Posted: October 13, 2012

NoPilrow’s impression of how turbines will look from Pill Road in Rooksbridge

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A noise expert has been called in to judge the wind farm bid for near Rooksbridge.

Both protester group NoPilrow and developer Broadview Energy welcome the outside authority on potential noise levels being brought in by the planning authority. But NoPilrow is not happy with the legal limits.

David Maund, group spokesman, said: “It is good that Sedgemoor District Council is taking the issue of noise seriously, but unfortunately, the legislation ETSU-97 regulating noise and wind farms is considered by many noise consultants to be not fit for purpose. I imagine residents near the Fullabrook wind farm in North Devon, were given similar reassurances by the developer.”

North Devon Council has found some of the turbines at the site to be louder than allowed.

Mr Maund said: “Since Fullabrook wind farm would have met the standard dictated by ETSU-97 during the planning phase, it is surely obvious that this legislation is no longer sufficiently rigorous for the much larger turbines now being employed.”

NoPilrow also pointed to the out-of-court settlement agreed with one couple in Deeping St Nicholas, Lincolnshire, who claimed a wind farm 1km away from their home had destroyed their lives because of intolerable noise.

Tom Cosgrove, project manager of Broadview, said: “We welcome the news that Sedgemoor has appointed an independent body to review the noise assessment.”

He said the noise control restrictions had been reviewed by the Government and deemed fit for purpose.

Mr Cosgrove said: “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 remedy this.

“If 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.”

The plan to build four wind turbines at Pilrow are now with Sedgemoor for consideration.

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  • 2ladybugs  |  October 13 2012, 3:19PM

    Judge for yourselves the noise problems,( now being investigated), with the Fullabrook wind farm in Devon. Not only that, the wind farm has been out of action this year because of faults. Nice to know that these unreliable, noisy, expensive, subsidised by every energy user monstrosities, are still being considered as a green alternative.

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  • siarad2  |  October 13 2012, 2:51PM

    "The European Union (E.U.) published the results of a 5-year investigation into wind power, finding noise complaints to be valid and that noise levels could not be predicted before developing a site." "Communities in Germany, Wales, and Ireland claim that 3,000 feet away the noise is significant. Individuals around the world say they have to close their windows and turn on the air conditioner when the wind turbines are active." Sort of defeats the object. Denmark, the poster boy of wind, has to export it at a loss to Norway, for storage & buy it back at a much higher price. This is because it has for too much, damaging grid connected equipment, make sure you're well insured! NO Danish conventional power stations have been closed & their electricity price is TWICE ours.

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