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@huntingdonshire.gov.uk

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Buckden
St Neots
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GOVERNMENT PRESSED FOR WIND FARM NOISE GUIDELINES

Two local councils are pressing Government for guidelines to help assess low frequency noise from wind farms that has been described as a distant and irregular ""whoomp""

South Cambridgeshire District and Huntingdonshire District Council have written to the Government ( 22 December ) to ask as a matter of urgency for fresh national guidance on wind farm related noise controls as they have found the current legislative guidance inadequate in assessing complaints involving this type of noise.

The call for national standards comes after both Councils worked together to investigate noise complaints from villagers living around the COtton Farm wind farm near GRaveley.

Noise complaints are assessed against criteria such as the frequency of the noise , character of the area and type of noise being made . However , low frequency noise that residents have complained about from Cotton wind farm do not satisfy the criteria for it to be classified as a nuisance,

Environment bosses have said that it is clear there are concerns from local communities over the noise they are being disturbed by and from the wind farm , but current national legislation does. not give them the ability to take any action.

The Government is currently using working groups to help produce best practice guidance containing assessment and threshold information. One of the working groups has described the type of noise from wind farms as a distant and irregular ""whoomp""

Page updated: 30/12/2015, 14:40

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