This deserves a thread of its own.It seems that the Department of Environment is quietly recognising the detrimental impact of wind turbine noise and shadow flicker on wind farm neighbours. Advertisements appeared in national media yesterday, 30 Jan, seeking submissions to the review of the current guidelines, with noise (setback distances) and shadow flicker identified as the focus of the review.
While, legislation setting mandatory setback distances between homes and turbines is the optimal solution, to the problem, at least recognition of the issue in guidelines might save future communities. Closing date for submissions is 15 Feb.
Just two weeks for the public input seems very short.
The text of the notice is on the Dept site:
Wind Energy Guidelines Focussed Review - Public Consultation
The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government in conjunction with the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources–intends to undertake a technical update of the guidance on noise (including separation distance) and shadow flicker in the Wind Energy Development Guidelines 2006.
This update is intended to ensure that the Wind Energy Guidelines are supported by a robust and up to date evidence base on these issues to support wind energy development in a manner which safeguards residential amenity consistent with EU and National Policy.
Comments are invited on these aspects of the Guidelines only before February 15th, 2013. Submissions on other matters will not be considered at this time. The updated Guidelines will be issued as soon as possible thereafter, taking into account the views expressed during the public consultation process.
Submissions in relation to the Guidelines may be made to:
Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government
Tel: 01 888 2000
The Wind Energy Development Guidelines 2006 (doc, kb)
This was interesting yesterday reported from England:
Wind turbine collapses in gales
And last year in Scotland this unforgettable scene - Google Image Result for http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02079/turbine-new_2079144i.jpg