Wind Power in the UK (PDF). - Sustainable Development Commission

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Wind Power in the UK (PDF). - Sustainable Development Commission

In response, the developers produced evidencethat the turbine manufacturers were producingquieter machines and that they were adaptingthe blades. They also used evidence from anexisting site located 40 - 50m from HMPHaverigg in Cumbria, which uses the noisierVestas V27 turbines without any seriouscomplaints. Planning permission was finallygiven on 16th October 2002 and the decisionsigned on 7th April 2003. Construction of themodified turbine started in February 2004 andwas commissioned on 1st March 2005. Despitesome issues related to early morning shadowflicker (which have been resolved), there havenot been any noise complaints, as confirmedbelow:“We can confirm that there are noserious noise issues from the windturbine.”A spokesperson for HMP WhitemoorCourtesy Cambs TimesLessons and thoughts:• The developers prepared the EnvironmentalStatement with expert help to set out areview of the issues raised and theircontext to wider national and internationalcommitments• This project would seem to be a good useof a non-sensitive, semi-industrial site..• Bat flights paths were a concern. Thedevelopers have commissioned a leadingUK expert to report on a second phase batsurvey between May and October 2005.• Fenland District Council is pleased to havesupported a local developer and isconsidering applications from Powergenand ScottishPower to erect turbines inColdham, three miles North of March.Key facts:• The site is divided into two areas separatedby a road to HMP Whitemoor. The companygave the Home Office the access route inreturn for free access to each piece of landfor industrial and commercial purposes.• The turbine is on the North of the site in1.25ha where there had been no proposeduse.• The Environmental Statements included aletter from English Nature concluding thatthe proposal did not require a fullEnvironmental Statement in view of workundertaken at nearby sites.• Confronted with noise challenges, thedevelopers were able to show that turbinemanufacturers were producing quietermachines than those detailed in theoriginal proposal and submitted this data tothe council along with a modified bladedesign.• To find out more: www.fenland.gov.uksustainable development commissionWind Power in the UK 77

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