Exclusive: Energy department commissions review into disturbance from turbine noise in order to decide when annoyance becomes unacceptable
Noisy wind farms that disturb local communities could be banned, after ministers launched an unprecedented review into the annoyance they cause.
In the first official admission that wind turbine noise can adversely affect local residents, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has commissioned an independent investigation to assess the levels of sound wind farms produce and the extent of disturbance caused as a result.
Experts from the Institute of Acoustics will conduct the research next year, the Telegraph has learnt, and ministers across Government will then use the data to decide at which point the annoyance officially becomes “unacceptable”.
The review is likely to lead to tighter planning guidance for…
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