Press release 21/09/2010
In the light of the Government currently commissioning an analysis of how noise impacts are considered in the determination of wind farm planning applications in England, local MP, Bill Cash said:
“There is every reason to believe that the existing guidance on the protection of residents from noise of wind turbines is not up to the job – the fact that the Government has commissioned an analysis on how noise impacts are considered in the determination of wind farm planning applications demonstrates that very point.
“I will continue to push the Government for a tougher review of the guidance produced by the Energy Technology Support Unit in 1997 on the assessment of noise from wind farms as we need something that properly deals with noise concerns and legislation which deals sufficiently with turbine setback distances from housing.”
See parliamentary question and ministerial response from 27 July 2010:
Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will review the guidance produced by the Energy Technology Support Unit in 1997 on the assessment and rating of noise from wind farms; and if he will make a statement. 
Charles Hendry: Noise is a key issue to be taken into account in considering proposals for wind farm development. There is no reason to believe that the protection from noise provided for by the ETSU-R-97 guidance does not remain acceptable, and we have no plans to change this.
However, I have commissioned an analysis of how noise impacts are considered in the determination of wind farm planning applications in England. The project will seek to establish best practice in assessing and rating wind turbine noise by investigating previous decisions. Our aim is to ensure that ETSU-R-97 is applied in a consistent and effective manner and that it is implemented in a way that provides the intended level of protection.
Following a competitive tender process, we have awarded the work to Hayes McKenzie, who will begin in September and expect to complete the project around the end of the year.
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