The UK Institute of Acoustics Monthly Bulletin contains an article setting out this proposed wording for a planning condition on noise for wind farms or individual wind turbines. Whilst local authorities and developers have waited for a planning condition that could be applied to newly consented wind farms, or to those already consented but with a suspensive condition, the report “Wind Turbine AM Review” (WTAMR) by WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff for DECC arguably did not provide that. In addition there have been a number of comments on WTAMR that we consider should be addressed. The introductory sections and the conditions text represent the broad consensus view of those whose names appear below, following a period of discussion, compromise and agreement. This approach is proposed based on the current state of understanding, but may be subject to modification in light of new research and further robust information.
The Professional Practice Guidance on Planning & Noise (ProPG) represents the consolidated view of the UK Institute of Acoustics (IoA), the UK Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health on effects of noise on new residential development. It is essential reading for planners, developers and, of course, acoustics practitioners and aims to protect home dwellers from noise by putting good acoustic design at the heart of all new residential development.
The latest position on the review of the 2006 guidance on wind farm development in Ireland - including noise.
The wind turbine amplitude modulation assessment methodology developed by the IoA AM Working Group is now being followed by many acoustics practitioners around the world as it represents a unique way to evaluate AM at the blade passing frequency, and within specific frequency bands. This is crucial for minimising false identifications of wind turbine AM caused by variation of noise from other sources.