Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Wind farm noise ‘exceeds’ acceptable levels

15:44 25 September 2012

Preliminary findings show that some turbines at Fullabrook do not meet agreed planning conditions.

Preliminary findings show that some turbines at Fullabrook do not meet agreed planning conditions.


Fullabrook study shows some turbines do not meet agreed planning conditions.

NOISE levels at the Fullabrook wind farm are exceeding acceptable levels, according to a study.

Although the full results from a measurement exercise are not expected until Friday, preliminary findings indicate that noise levels from some turbines are slightly above the limits set within the planning consent, in certain wind conditions.

North Devon Council has been informed by the wind farm developer ESB that the majority of noise measurements carried out at 12 locations around the site are within the levels set out by the planning conditions.

However, four locations recorded noise levels above the limit by a small margin.

The noise experts are now considering whether there are significant issues with tonal noise and the final report will consider this issue as well.

The operators at Fullabrook have also informed the council that they are in discussions with the manufacturer of the turbines, so that any tonal noise from the turbines can be addressed.

North Devon Council leader, Councillor Brian Greenslade, said: “We are very conscious that local people are eager to find out the results of the noise monitoring around the wind farm.

“Therefore, we are pleased the noise experts have now passed this preliminary information on to us.

“We are satisfied the monitoring has been done thoroughly and hope the findings will reassure some people, while identifying further work that the developer needs to do to bring all of the locations within the permitted noise levels and to deal with any issues associated with tonal noise.”

In an update to the council, ESB said: “Where measured noise levels have been shown to be above the noise limits, additional mitigation will be applied to the turbines to ensure that the wind farm is operating below the noise limits, set out in the planning conditions.

“It is likely that the updated mitigation will be implemented within the next two weeks.”

The council said that once any actions have been carried out, further noise measurements would then take place at the affected sites to ensure the turbines meet the agreed planning conditions.

It said that the report would be scrutinised by the council’s own noise expert and that council officers would be looking to pass on the findings of the report to local people, both by letter and by visiting those most affected.


Other News Stories

Yesterday, 14:00
Is the row over dogs back at Instow beach?

Parish Council meeting on Thursday, October 15 to review the situation

Read more
Yesterday, 13:40
Residents protest against the plans at the site in March. Picture: Jim Bell

Benefits outweigh the harm, says Government inspector

Read more
Yesterday, 11:37
Get your chickens an Eglu and help raise money for the British Hen Welfare Trust today (Friday).

Support for British Hen Welfare Trust from the Omlet Eglu

Read more
Yesterday, 10:33
Police are trying to track the car in this picture

The owner of a blue Nissan Almeira could have vital information on collision that killed Natalie Jones, say police

Read more
Yesterday, 09:23
John Balls with Clovelly caught lobsters.

Lobster fisherman has reached a landmark in his bid to help conservation at Clovelly

Read more
Yesterday, 09:16

September saw a 4.9 per cent increase in crime in Barnstaple on the same period last year.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:14
Portmore's Colin and Mandy Webber presented the cheque to representatives of the club's chosen charities

Five local charities are to benefit from another year of fundraising at Portmore Golf Club.

Read more
Thu, 17:17

Fire called out to help in the early hours of Thursday morning

Read more
Thu, 13:20
A busy Woolacombe Bay. North Devon has seen a welcome late summer boost in tourism this year

Tourism sectors across the region are reaping the benefits as a result of the late summer sunshine.

Read more
Thu, 12:06
Giant veg grower David Maund picked up a number of placings at the Malvern Autumn Show

A giant-vegetable grower from Bideford has returned from a national competition with a prize haul almost as big as some of his extraordinary exhibits.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Search for a job in Devon

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications