It has been some time since there has been a Fullabrook Wind Farm update on this blog. To bring you up to date, here is the contents of a letter, issued by North Devon Council, summarising the latest on sound level monitoring around the development.
As you are aware, an extensive sound level monitoring exercise is being carried out by an acoustic consultant around Fullabrook Wind Farm, on behalf of the wind farm operator.
The purpose of this exercise is to determine the extent of tonal noise problems, which continue to be reported at certain locations. This will enable us to establish the level of compliance with the noise related planning conditions, as well as to assist in identifying anyfurther mitigation measures which may be required.
The current status of this exercise is as follows:
• A significant proportion of the required noise data has now been collected and has been analysed for inclusion in a forthcoming report.
• Small gaps remain in relation to background noise levels at some locations and this data is still in the process of being collected. This monitoring is dependent on there being certain wind speeds and directions.
• Once the outstanding data has been collected and analysed, the forthcoming noise report will be submitted to North Devon Council (NDC) for consideration.
Collating and analysing the data from this exercise is technically complex with a number of factors needing to be considered – including the weather conditions. This is to ensure any conclusions that are drawn from the analysis are technically correct and follow the relevant technical guidance.
We are not able to give a definitive timescale in relation to when this exercise might be complete, as we cannot predict or control the environmental conditions required to support the additional monitoring. However, I would like to assure you that NDC is aware of the amount of time that has passed since this exercise began – and is working with all parties involved to ensure it is progressed as quickly as is practicably possible. NDC is committed to ensuring that local residents benefit from the highest level of environmental protection, which can be provided by the planning conditions.
The forthcoming report will be reviewed and verified by NDC’s own acoustic consultant, ahead of any decisions which are ultimately made by NDC and we will share it with all concerned parties.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued patience in relation to this matter.