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ILL WIND South Marston and Stratton Village Meeting Thursday 29 th July
Meeting Agenda Introductions Hondas application NIMBY Reasons for concern What have we done so far? What do you want? Campaign for Rural England How to comment Timings Conclusion
Hondas Application Honda and Ecotricity have applied to build 3 x c410ft high Wind Turbines The application was lodged with Swindon Borough Council on 22 nd July A 21 day Consultation period commenced on 23 rd July We believe that the SBC Planning department look favourably on this application The Council will decide
Reasons for concern Proximity to dwellings Noise Low frequency noise Visual Amenity Ground Vibration Flicker/strobing effect Conservation Devaluation of house prices/saleability Are all of these grounds for objection?
NIMBY? Most people are in favour of alternative energy & green technology but not if they have an adverse effect on people's health & quality of life. Wind turbines must be located in the right place 6 out of 10 people would be happy to live within 3 miles of a turbine development
Proximity to Dwellings The draft National Policy Statement on Renewable Energy (2009) states: Proximity of site to dwellings All wind turbines generate sound during their operation As such, appropriate distances should be maintained between wind turbines and residential properties to protect residential amenity The two main impact issues that determine the acceptable separation distances are visual amenity and noise
Proximity to Dwellings However, there is no minimum separation distance in English planning law or guidance. The Companion Guide to PPS22 gives examples of noise suggesting a practical separation distance of 350 metres
Noise Table below indicates the noise generated by wind turbines, compared with other every-day activities Source Ecotricity Letter of July 1 st 2010 Activity Indicative Noise Level dB(A ) at 350 metres Threshold of Pain 140 Jet aircraft at 250m 105 Pneumatic drill at 7m 95 Truck at 30 mph at 100m 65 Busy general office 60 Car at 40 mph at 100m 55 Wind farm at 350m 35–45 Quiet bedroom 20 Rural night-time background 20–40 Threshold of hearing 0
All of South Marston and Stratton are within the 35-45 Db range
Low Frequency Noise The Danish Government has now stopped erecting onshore turbines because of fears of health problems associated with noise (this is also being evaluated in France and Germany) For every one report which states there are no health problems associated with wind farms, there are at least two that contradict it Extract from report by Dr Amanda Harry GP Low frequency noise that causes vibrations you can feel through your feet and chest is never measured. This frequency resonates with the human body – the effect being dependent on body shape. There are those on whom there is virtually no effect, but others for whom it is incredibly disturbing A report by Dr Geoff Leventhall, a fellow of the Institute of Physics and Institute of Acoustics Low Frequency noise causes extreme distress to a number of people who are sensitive to its effects
Visual Amenity The turbines will completely dominate the villages
Ground Vibration Ecotricity have confirmed that wind turbines create ground vibration The impact of the vibration is subject to debate There is no robust evidence that ground- borne vibration from wind farms generally has adverse effects on wind farm neighbours
Strobing-flicker effect Flicker can affect people with Migraines and Epilepsy Source. Dr Nina Pierpoint. Independent on Sunday August 2 2009
Strobing-flicker effect From Ch 13 Honda Application: Operating wind turbines may cast long, moving shadows where these are unobstructed on clear days and when the sun is low in the sky Potential flicker periods are limited to particular hours of particular dates Shadow flicker can be mitigated by siting wind turbines at sufficient distance from residences likely to be affected Flicker effects have been proven to occur only within ten rotor diameters of a turbine. Therefore if the turbine has 80m diameter blades, the potential shadow flicker effect could be felt up to 800m from a turbine.
Strobing-flicker effect Mitigation Ecotricity state that, assuming a worst case scenario, a total of 40 properties could experience shadow flicker effects To ensure that these effects do not cause nuisance at those properties Ecotricity is happy to propose the following procedure which the Local Planning Authority could secure by way of a planning conditions The householder complains and then Ecotricity provide a log book for two weeks Ecotricity analyse the results and send an engineer to verify If Ecotricity are satisfied the Turbine will have a photo sensitive cell fitted and software updated to switch off during computer predicted flicker periods Why do the 40 homes affected have to prove anything as Ecotricity have already identified the issue?
Conservation The RSPB and the SNH have both confirmed that wind turbines kill birds and disturb nesting sites In the Planning Application, not all conservation sites have been acknowledged
Further Concerns Interruption to flight paths Disruption of TV signals Devaluation in house prices - saleability
What have we done so far? Contacted Justin Tomlinson MP Contacted Campaign for Rural England Coverage on BBC TV and Radio, Wiltshire Sound, Heart FM, Swindon Advertiser, Western Daily Press Spoken to Hills (owners of St Julian's development) Spoken to Hartwell's (owners of Crown Timber) Invited media to the village meeting Spoken to other campaign groups Liaison with Ecotricity (they didnt want to come tonight)
What do you want? Do you want to support or object? Do you object to all three turbines? Can you push for Honda to move the nearest turbine to another part of their site or another site? Do the turbines have to be this size? Why cant more turbines be built at Watchfield?
How to comment? Sign the Petition Write to Justin Tomlinson MP Write to Councillor Doreen Dart Comment to the Planning Department Contact the Advertiser, radio TV Write to Honda
What happens next Parish Council to review Planning Application Volunteers needed to – Phone/write to BBC – Phone/write to Heart FM – Phone/write to Advertiser Use contact sheet for details of how to object Village surgery 5-6.30pm 5 th Aug SM Village Hall All comments or objections need to be submitted to SBC by AUGUST 13 TH
Conclusion If you do not want the turbines to be built, then you must object! If you leave it to someone else, the turbines will go ahead! Encourage your friends and neighbours to comment The more individual objections and the more letters, the better!