Fullabrook noise assessment reports released

Two reports into noise assessments around Fullabrook wind farm have been released to the public.

A Compliance assessment report (15.3MB), by wind farm operator ESB, shows that noise levels recorded at four locations were slightly above the limits set out within the planning consent, in certain wind conditions. It then goes on to highlight how the operator intended to work on the turbines to ensure the wind farm operates below the acceptable noise limits.

Meanwhile, North Devon Council has also released an independent Verification report (599KB), which verifies the robustness of ESB’s assessment study.

North Devon Council Leader Brian Greenslade says: “The council has worked with ESB to negotiate a thorough noise assessment around Fullabrook. This involved securing their agreement for 12 locations to be monitored, instead of five, as specified in the planning conditions. We also successfully requested that tonal noise be monitored at four sites – again, something that goes beyond what the Planning Inspectorate set out when granting permission for the development.

“The reports have now been released and we are assured by our own noise expert that ESB has conducted a robust assessment of the measurements that were gathered. We are further satisfied that the operator has taken prompt action following the report to address the slight exceedances at four of the 12 locations. We now await the results of further assessment at these sites to confirm that they’re within the permitted levels.”

ESB’s report also shows that some tonal noise was recorded following monitoring. Further investigations are now being carried out by the operator, in conjunction with the turbine supplier, to identify the extent and cause of the issue. As a result, the council will continue to work with ESB to ensure they resolve the matter as quickly as possible.

Both the compliance assessment report by ESB and the council’s analysis of the report can be viewed at the Civic Centre in Barnstaple. Copies are also being sent to local households around the wind farm development who were involved in the noise measurement assessment.

Compliance assessment report (15.3MB)

Verification report (599KB)

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One Response to Fullabrook noise assessment reports released

  1. fred says:

    Sir
    Can NDC confirm how they have managed released a “Verification Report” that is valid for the noise monitoring at Fullabrook. NDC has confirmed that they have never had sight of the data from the monitoring and nor has the author of the Verification Report. This data is fundamental to anyone conduction a study of the validity of the monitoring. What NDC have released is a very poor review of the developers conclusions and one must ask why should anyone believe it in any way. The developers track record is that they have repeatedly told the public that there would be no noise issues and so many other false claims, no reduction in house prices , no flicker, no real visual impact and that we should all hug these green gods. All shown to be untrue in any world other than the developers. How can NDC claim that this report has any value or validity. The public deserve a properly conducted analysis of the real data not a report that looks like it was written by the developer. NDC have the ability to close the site until a solution is found but as expected its offices have failed to do so. Statutory nuisance is a powerful instrument but NDC officers officers fail to use it. and I am sure will never do so no matter what the problems are There seems to be little hope of any justice for any NDC residents from noise. Asmportant as this is the picture gets worse, as turbine blades age, wear, get covered in bugs and bits of dead birds and bats the noise increases, what steps are NDC taking for monitoring as an ongoing requirement, I suspect they will do nothing. God help us all.

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