Wind Turbines – Site Specific
Dragonfly Consulting was commissioned to undertake a noise impact assessment at the nearest noise sensitive properties (private houses) in the vicinity of a proposed 400kW wind turbine development in Cumbria.
Having completed a simplified assessment following the guidelines in ETSU-R-97 it was established that on-site noise monitoring would be required. Dragonfly Consulting made contact with the residents in nearby properties to seek permission to monitor background noise levels in their gardens.
As all residents refused to allow access to their properties it was necessary to agree alternative measurement locations with the Local Authority that could be considered as representative of the noise environments at the residential properties. Consultants met with the Environmental Health Officer from the Local Authority at the site to agree the locations. Background noise monitoring was then completed on site for three weeks, calculations undertaken and a report produced demonstrating that the proposed turbine would not impact negatively on the amenity of the residents at the nearest residential properties