Controversial wind farm noise application to be discussed by Darlington councillors

AN application to change planning permission for a wind farm on the outskirts of Darlington that has sparked opposition from local people is to be heard by councillors next week.

Developers Banks Renewables were granted planning permission for the six turbine Moor House wind farm, at Great Burdon, in October 2011, with a number of conditions attached about how the site should be built and maintained.

Banks Renewables has applied to remove condition 22, which concerns the prevention and monitoring of amplitude modulation (AM), a noise side effect of some wind farms.

The company claims that the planning condition is redundant because there is no legal definition of AM and how to prevent it, making it unenforceable and unreasonable, should AM occur.

A number of other planning conditions relating to noise will not be affected by the application.

The application will be considered by Darlington Borough Council’s planning committee on Wednesday, February 6, at 1.30pm, at the town hall.

A number of parish councils and villages surrounding the wind farm have objected to the application on the grounds that residents do not want to see the condition removed as it is seen as a form of protection against noise nuisance that may be caused by AM.

In a report prepared for councillors, planning officials have recommended that members allow the AM condition to be removed from the Moor House development on the grounds that planning inspectors have found against AM conditions in other cases around the UK.

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2:15pm Thu 31 Jan 13

oliviaden6 says...

This is ludicrious if "AM" was written into the original tendering/applicatio
ns there must have been a specific reason for this. if they now wish to change this i believe this is wrong it is like saying an nuclear bomb is nothing. These companies are trying it on all the time, let one get away with it and the rest follow on. These things are inefficient a eyesore on our beautiful landscape and we as the public are bankrolling the **** things up to the hilt, stop them now and impose greater restrictions upon them and the companies who wish to use and install them. Do It Now for the sake of ALL
This is ludicrious if "AM" was written into the original tendering/applicatio ns there must have been a specific reason for this. if they now wish to change this i believe this is wrong it is like saying an nuclear bomb is nothing. These companies are trying it on all the time, let one get away with it and the rest follow on. These things are inefficient a eyesore on our beautiful landscape and we as the public are bankrolling the **** things up to the hilt, stop them now and impose greater restrictions upon them and the companies who wish to use and install them. Do It Now for the sake of ALL oliviaden6
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3:42pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Ivor Ward says...

What a complete load of twaddle.There is a perfectly good and agreed standard and method for testing it:
The Den Brook AM condition, Condition 20 of the decision, states:

20. At the request of the local planning authority following the receipt of a complaint the wind farm operator shall, at its expense, employ a consultant approved by the local planning authority, to assess whether noise immissions at the complainant’s dwelling are characterised by greater than expected amplitude modulation. Amplitude modulation is the modulation of the level of broadband noise emitted by a turbine at blade passing frequency. These will be deemed greater than expected if the following characteristics apply:

a) A change in the measured L Aeq, 125 milliseconds turbine noise level of more than 3 dB (represented as a rise and fall in sound energy levels each of more than 3 dB) occurring within a 2 second period.

b) The change identified in (a) above shall not occur less than 5 times in any one minute period provided the L Aeq, 1 minute turbine sound energy level for that minute is not below 28 dB.

c) The changes identified in (a) and (b) above shall not occur for fewer than 6 minutes in any hour.

Noise immissions at the complainant’s dwelling shall be measured not further than.........etc

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What a complete load of twaddle.There is a perfectly good and agreed standard and method for testing it: The Den Brook AM condition, Condition 20 of the decision, states: 20. At the request of the local planning authority following the receipt of a complaint the wind farm operator shall, at its expense, employ a consultant approved by the local planning authority, to assess whether noise immissions at the complainant’s dwelling are characterised by greater than expected amplitude modulation. Amplitude modulation is the modulation of the level of broadband noise emitted by a turbine at blade passing frequency. These will be deemed greater than expected if the following characteristics apply: a) A change in the measured L Aeq, 125 milliseconds turbine noise level of more than 3 dB (represented as a rise and fall in sound energy levels each of more than 3 dB) occurring within a 2 second period. b) The change identified in (a) above shall not occur less than 5 times in any one minute period provided the L Aeq, 1 minute turbine sound energy level for that minute is not below 28 dB. c) The changes identified in (a) and (b) above shall not occur for fewer than 6 minutes in any hour. Noise immissions at the complainant’s dwelling shall be measured not further than.........etc http://www.ref.org.u k/publications/242-t he-den-brook-amplitu de-modulation-noise- condition Ivor Ward
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11:16pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Culpability Green says...

The Council would do well to consider the numerous reports/investigatio
ns currently being undertaken, lest they fall foul of their duty of care to the affected community. The AM condition refers to the potential thumping noise due to the blades encountering turbulent air. Should Banks consider that they will not encounter this, then there will be no merit in removing it, so one could conclude that they do expect such a phenomena, but that they may not wish to be taken to task for such.
The Council would do well to consider the numerous reports/investigatio ns currently being undertaken, lest they fall foul of their duty of care to the affected community. The AM condition refers to the potential thumping noise due to the blades encountering turbulent air. Should Banks consider that they will not encounter this, then there will be no merit in removing it, so one could conclude that they do expect such a phenomena, but that they may not wish to be taken to task for such. Culpability Green
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