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    Noise from Windfarms

    Windfarms and the noise generated by them is a hot topic in the news. In March, the Telegraph reported that "one in six wind farms" sparked complaints over noise and the Country Guardian website lists 240 action groups against Windfarms.

    Experts understand that the problem is largely due to a chopping sound caused by Amplitude Modulation. Noise Bulletin reported that RenewableUK (formerly the British Wind Energy Association) is commissioning research into the causes of Amplitude Modulation. Furthermore, Renewable UK have recently accused anti wind farm protesters of costing the UK £1.3bn by delaying developments with the Chief Executive labelling their concerns as "selfish". In contrast, back in 2009 the Independent reported a American doctor's research stating "living too close to wind turbines can cause heart disease, tinnitus, vertigo, panic attacks, migraines and sleep deprivation".

    Noise Bulletin also reported that members of the Institute of Acoustics have been continuing the debate around the Windfarm Regulations (ETSU-R-97) with the debate chairman admitting that it "proved to be the most controversial document ever seen in the industry". (Previous debate)

    With RenewableUK reporting 280 Windfarms in operation and nearly as many in the planning stage this looks to be an issue worth watching.

    Have you suffered the noise of a Windfarm? Share your experiences with others.

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    I think it is commendable that so much work has been undertaken by the applicant in ensuring that appropriate noise protection measures and safety assesments have been underta... more

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    Discussion about Wharrels Hill Windfarm,Bothe... by Member #4

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    Ron, we are 930 m, and SSW, so we have the worst audible noise when we are directly down wind, but most directions cause a noise of some type. We also have significant, measu... more

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    Dear Complainant There is guidance that addresses Clay Target Shooting Noise produced by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. It includes fairly detailed assessmen... more

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