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ETSU-R-97 -

The Assessment and Rating of Noise from Wind Farms

The rules were produced in 1997 by a working group which recommended that they be reviewed after a year. No review of the rules has taken place. There have been many complaints about excessive noise from turbines.

Night time limits

The rules permit 43dB of noise at night in quiet areas. This may be 4 times louder than the background noise before the wind farm is built.

Daytime noise limits

5dB above the background levels, measured by the developer, when he chooses to do so.

Background noise measurements

These are crucial because the wind farm is allowed to be 5dB noisier. Woodlane background noise was measured during harvest, the most intensive and the noisiest period in arable farming. A period during which the noise from farming activity can be annoying. Adding 5dB to this guarantees that people will be annoyed by turbine noise.

Measurement excludes the louder swish sound

The ETSU noise measurement is specified so that it excludes the swish. This can be much louder and is the source of most complaints.

Even the landowners hosting the turbines can suffer

The Scotsman 19 February 2009


UK farmers toying with the idea of installing wind turbines on their farms or, worse, those whose neighbours are applying for wind turbines, would do well to heed a report from a farmer in Upper New York State, United States. The man says he bitterly regrets getting involved with wind turbines, because he can't sleep at night due to the noise. He has a turbine on his property and so does a next-door neighbour. The man calls his decision to have the turbine "the biggest mistake of my life".
Others in the state complain about wind turbine noise and shadow flicker caused by the revolving blades. UK farmers be warned.

Lyn Jenkins
Gwbert, Cardigan, Wales

Den Brook Legal Challenge

This is a proposal for a wind farm near Okehampton in Devon. It all started in 2005 when the developer took background noise measurements.

The developer initially refused to provide the data and was later found to have not taken the measurements correctly.

Local weather conditions are such that there is expected to be “amplitude modulation” effects which are the cause of the more serious noise complaints from wind farms.

While the wind farm has now been approved the local campaign group are taking the case to the High Court to ensure that the conditions which are required to force the developer to limit Amplitude Modulation are robust.

Appeal for funds

This  case has now been ongoing through various stages for more than 5 years. While the wind farm has been approved the desired outcome is a set of conditions that can be used to protect people living close to the wind farm from “Amplitude Modulation “ effects.

This is not a simple task and requires considerable expertise and large expenditure by the Group concerned.

Please help them, we may need similar noise conditions for wind farms near to Selby, which have similar turbines just as close to homes.

Wind farm groups need to work together.

Please follow this link to find out more about the Den Brook Judicial Review.

Please consider helping them, donate whatever you can, by sending a cheque made out to:
‘Den Brook Judicial Review Fund’ and send directly to : Nick Jewell, Lynderies, Heath, Spreyton, Devon, EX17 5AN


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Deeping St Nicholas Noise Case

ALL eyes will be on Deeping St Nicholas this summer when a landmark case on noise created by wind turbines reaches the High Court.

A date has finally been set for Jane and Julian Davis to have their say on turbines which they claim have forced them out of their home.

Their legal bid, which is thought to be one of the first private nuisance cases brought against a wind farm, will be heard in the High Court from July 4 and has been scheduled to run for ten days.

Mrs Davis said: “We have done our witness statements, which run into many thousands of words, the rest of the witness statements have been put together and there are a lot of experts looking at the noise issues.

“It would be nice to think we could get some kind of outcome where they stop the noise so we can go home.”

Mr and Mrs Davis’ farm is just 1,000 metres from the wind farm which went “live” in 2006.

The couple claim they were left unable to sleep from the noise coming from eight 100-metre turbines and they were forced to move into rented accomodation in Spalding.

Full article in Spalding Guardian.




Others living close to wind turbines suffer in a similar way


We live 745m from a 110m turbine with another 11 within 1.5km of our house (part of the Hadyard Hill Windfarm in South Ayrshire) so we are fully sympathetic with the predicament that the Davis family find themselves in. We get noise inside the house through 2ft thick stone walls.