THE battle over two controversial wind turbines south of Lowestoft has taken a new twist after council officials branded one a “noise nuisance”.

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An investigation by Waveney District Council’s Environmental Health Team concluded that noise levels at one home in Whites Lane, Kessingland, two months ago was enough to make the turbine a statutory nuisance.

The announcement has prompted villagers to step up their campaign to shut down the turbines which stand alongside the A12 amid claims that the noise and shadows their blades create is blighting people’s lives.

It comes after a turbulent month for the wind power industry as a whole after the Valuations Office Agency – which decides council tax evaluations – established that turbines could decrease a property’s value, and moved a number of homes into a lower price band.

So far, applications for council tax reduction by people in Kessingland and Gisleham have been refused, despite one woman claiming the turbines forced an estate agent to devalue her property by £100,000.

But a pressure group in Kesssingland is now calling for the district council to serve an abatement notice on the turbines’ operators, Triodos Renewables and EcoGen, which would give them seven days to address the “noise nuisance” or face possible legal action.

This week, the council admitted it was reluctant to make the move as an appeal by Triodos could leave it powerless to hold the company to account in the future. Instead, it plan address the problem by working with the operators which are due to publish a report in the next few weeks, outlining the possible solutions.

Meanwhile, Triodos maintains there is no evidence to suggests wind turbines affect property prices, and the company says it is committed to working with the council to address the noise problem.

Sue Kershaw, spokesman for the Kessingland Wind Turbine Pressure Group (KWTPG), said many villagers were “concerned” by the turbines, although she admits some people did like them.

“Three public meeting have been held, with up to 101 angry residents attending,” she said. “People’s concerns vary from noise, shadow flicker from the blades, and the devaluation of properties.

“At present, Waveney District Council have acknowledged a noise nuisance, and that Triodos are trying to solve the issues. The group are seeking and corresponding with all concerned and believe that Waveney should serve the abatement order.

“As for devaluation of properties, the group knows on only one resident that moved because of the wind turbines. Many are concerned after working hard all their lives for their homes.”

More than 60 people vented their anger at the third public meeting in June which was attended by KWTPG members and featured a panel including Waveney MP Peter Aldous and representatives from Waveney District Council and the turbine operators. A report by the Waveney environmental health officers in May revealed the noise caused by the turbines was not breaching government or planning regulations.

But it was discovered that more complaints were made about noise when the blades were turning at eight metres per second. Operators of the turbines – at Africa Alive and on farmland near the A12 – have vowed to try to reduce sound at this speed, and are hopeful new equipment installed in the turbines will help stop ‘shadow flicker’.

Matthew Clayton, director of Triodos, told The Journal: “Research produced by numerous organisations in the property industry including Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) concludes that there is no evidence to support that the presence of turbines devalues property.

“We are committed to continuing to work with the local residents to address their concerns. We are pleased to confirm that in the first 12 months of operation the wind farm has generated sufficient electricity to power more than 3000 homes.”

Andrew Reynolds, head of Waveney‘s environmental health team, said: “Documentation by the operators outlining proposals to solve the noise problem should appear within the next three weeks.

“There solutions may take ten minutes, or three weeks to implement, at this moment I cannot be sure. If it doesn’t solve the problem then we will have to look at it.”

A fourth public meeting is expected to be held in Kessingland in September.

17 comments

  • As someone who holidays mostly in the UK I have to say I wouldn't stay anywhere near a wind turbine. We want to enjoy the British countryside and this does not include staying near huge turbines, which dominate previously peaceful landscapes. Landowners are simply seeing the ££££ signs and not thinking about local people and how tourism and house prices could be hit.

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    KarenR

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

  • The moral of the story is people are losing money on the house value. Why do they worry ad of those turbines are anything like our guliver in the town then the turbines will.only work 50 days out of 365. And jounal please look into why guliver seems to.never move anymore I think it should be pulled.down as it never works.

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    vinny.p

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • The journal wont look into why gulliver is a sick joke because its been its biggest supporter from the outset. I'm sure the noise and flickering must drive the poor animals in cages at Africa Alive crazy,still as long as they can make a few extra quid out of it they wont care.

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    kevin bacon

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

  • Frank, I would suggest that you spend a night listening to these turbines, probably esconced in a local person's bedroom. ETSU-R-97, the "statutory standard of dB-A characteristic, does not measure LFN or Infra-sound which whilst inaudible, affects the body seriously in many individuals and needs a dB-C response characteristic to register. You may be lucky with a non-sensitive set of ears - but remember that not every-one will suffer from a heart attack. Ian, you brought up earlier about the quietness of solar generation and presumably advocate it. Did you know schemes are less efficient than wind generation with Load factors of 7-15% compared with wind which averaged 21.7% from DECC DUKES2011 publication? And wind, for practised scientists and engineers, is a long obsolete technology but seems to do well farming huge covert financial subsidy from unwitting electricity bill payers in the form of ROCs which the current administration are scared of abolishing for fear of stopping the inexorable rise in fuel bills and fuel poverty. The same can be said of the FiTs scheme for solar generation. It's all one big scam by technically illiterate local and central government officers.

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    Norfolk Dumpling

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

  • Frank I think you may be in a majority of one here. There things are useless from the generation point of view, hugely hated by at least 80% of the population, and, BLOO*Y noisy no matter what you say. If there has to be one, it would be fine by me if it was at the bottom of your garden , but you will deeply regret even having the thought if you live in or near North Norfolk!!!! ANY increase in ambient noise is an INCREASE in noise.

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    Windless

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • These things are a curse. I cannot think of anything to commend them. They are a way for the rich to make even more money from the poor that have to pay the subsidy.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • I see that NIMBYism is still alive and kicking in Kessingland. I live very close to the turbines and they don't bother me in the slightest. They have a graceful majesty that is both soothing and calming. Much better to have wind turbines than another Sizewell right on the doorstep. Most of you lot need to stop moaning and think yourselves lucky. Stop giving out pathetic excuses to get rid of them, like plummeting house prices, you just make it all up to try and add strength to your so called suffering. Someone said earlier that 80% of the population hated the turbines, yet another figure plucked out of the air. There are about 5 people on here who don't like the turbines, so are there only 6 or 7 people in Kessingland? No, exactly, it's just a sad few who have nothing to do with their sad, pathetic lives except to complain - get over it! The swishing of the blades doesn't bother me in the slightest and being able to view them from my garden is great.

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    gaz

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

  • Norfolk Boy 15 I sincerely hope you are reading this after telling me only thislast? week that the noise was "within local authority guidelines" That alone caused the eyes to glaze over, what if the "local authority guidelines" said that any noise level was acceptable? These things, CAN (but rarely do) generate several hundredthousand horsepower, can anyone think of a silent way of generating that amount of power? Remember that word silent. Well, one thing's for sure it can't be silent with wind. It CAN, however be totally silent with solar!!! I really feel for those affected in Kessingland and hope these absurd turbines on their doorsteps are removed, it may be possible to recycle some of the aluminium parts (probably the only recyclable parts apart from the mast) to make some solar panel frames from. People need to start to understand that these things are a cash cow for their owners, a cash drain for every utility bill payer, whether rich, or poor. And they're BLOO*Y noisy, as the poor people of Kesingland know know and those from Shipdham should be eternally grateful for.

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    Windless

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • As someone who holidays mostly in the UK I have to say I wouldn't stay anywhere near a wind turbine. We want to enjoy the British countryside and this does not include staying near huge turbines, which dominate previously peaceful landscapes. Landowners are simply seeing the ££££ signs and not thinking about local people and how tourism and house prices could be hit.

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    KarenR

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

  • Good-good-another 100 to adourn the Kessingland Skyline by 2020-well in. The rewards are Bountiful-people don't like it because their getting nothing out of it-get back to the smoke-plenty to complain about there when the shops get looted and homes burned down. http:www.edp24.co.uknewsenvironmentoperators_refuse_to_shut_down_kessingland_turbines_disturbing_villagers_1_1397008

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    Colin James Watling

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • I'm sorry they have upset some neighbours, but I think they're great! I've walked under Gulliver & been near the Kessingland turbines on windy days & found the sound a moderate "swishing". It pales compared with the sound of a car going past, dogs barking etc. You could plant one at the bottom of my garden & I'd be glad to have it.

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    Frank

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Karen R. You make a good and valid point, tourism is probably only second to agriculture as about the only industries in our area, North Norfolk. Tourists come for all manner of reasons but I'm willing to bet that none come to see an industrial turbine ruining the view in our famed "Big Skies". If the one at Bodham is built, it's blade tips will be circa 550ft above sea level, what a wonderful eyesore that would make!

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    Windless

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

  • TECHNOLOGY-Like it or Loathe it were all stuck with it-so Mann up and deal with it-simple.

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    Colin James Watling

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Why should people have to suffer all this just for two turbines of dubious benefit to our Nation and the environment? If there is no reduction in house prices why doesn't Triodos buy the houses of those who now wish to sell at pre turbine prices and sell them on itself. The cost of this would be peanuts compared to the enormous profits being made at the expense of the consumer. Also, hopefully other local authorities are now aware of the problems created by turbines and will not allow any further developments close to residential properties. Are you disillusioned by rising electricity prices, over dependence on the “green” dream [especially uneconomical and inefficient wind farms] and the destruction of our countryside then please object to the Government by GOOGLING “E-PETITION 22958″ and following the link. Please pass this message on to Councillors, members of your community and anyone else you know to persuade them to sign up too. If you are really concerned about wind turbines please write a letter promoting this petition to your local Newsletter and to the Editors of your local newspapers.

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    David Ramsbotham

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Might I suggest that actually reads the RICS 'research', rather than trying to mislead people. An initial RICS survey found that there WAS an effect on prices. Further research by Dent & Sims for RICS, centred on an ex-MOD estate at St Eval: “This study focuses on 201 transactions from the sale of terraced and semi detached homes located in St Eval Cornwall [...]”. The authors admit that, “No houses included in the analysis had a view of 3 or more turbines.” The Bears Down array of sixteen 57m turbines (under half the size of modern turbines) is between half a mile and a mile and a half from the survey area. It concluded: "Whilst no causal link was established between the presence of the wind farm and house price there was some evidence to suggest that both noise and flicker from the turbine blades could blight certain property. The results also indicated that in addition to noise and flicker, the vista (the view of countryside, sea etc from the property) enjoyed by the occupier had some intrinsic value which may be affected by the presence of a wind farm and therefore future research needs to develop a methodology which will capture the relationship between these factors and price more fully." Mr Clayton might care to explain why the Danes have a state-run compensation scheme. See: 'Loss of value to real property due the erection of wind turbines' - "An erector of a wind turbine has a duty to pay compensation for loss of value of real property following the erection of the wind turbine. The size of the loss of value is determined by an appraisal authority." See the Danish energy Agency website: http:www.ens.dken-ussupplyrenewable-energywindpoweronshore-wind-powerloss-of-value-to-real-propertysiderforside.aspx

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    NickL

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • Read the visitor comments on the Camping and Caravan Club page for Kessingland to see what visitors think of the Kessingland experience. This scheme is damaging tourist businesses.

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    NickL

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

  • It is greed and self interest which drives wind power. There is no respect for the financial wellbeing or health of ordinary people [or animals in this case]. When history is written it will be recorded as one of the biggest scams of our time - on a par with the banking crisis and MP's expenses.

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    David Ramsbotham

    Sunday, August 12, 2012

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