A Youtube link to the BBC Look East item with Chris Heaton Harris and the Cotton Farm monitor.
A document on the experience of fighting a wind farm application and the decision to carry out
long term noise monitoring by the local community to prove the existence and frequency of
noise emanating from a newly built wind farm.
This long awaited report, based on information from over two years ago has been over taken by new evidence and detailed international studies from elsewhere in Europe and the Far East. The data and analysis of the Cotton Farm village monitor data, recordings and village logging reports are already proving the RUK study is, according to our acoustician’s, hopelessly inadequate and wrong.
You can read our introduction letter to Greencoat (the new owners of Cotton Farm Wind Farm) here:
and their reply, here:
BayWa have sold Cotton Farm Wind farm to Green Coat. The information is copied below. Also included is the details of the senior non-executive of Greencoat, a former director of DECC.
The total value of the deal at £70 million for the two wind farms is not a great deal of money and does make you wonder at why BayWa have sold out so quickly. It is tempting to think the problems of such wind farms so close to populations were too much of a risk for companies like BayWa. Did the complaints and monitoring by local people had anything to do with it? It would be nice to think so.
It is to be noted a further wind farm in Scotland has NOT been sold….yet. It is not close to a large population like the two ‘local’ ones.
However, it does NOT alter the problems we are experiencing locally. Noise is a very big problem and the growing awareness of house value devaluation and lack of sales is becoming a major national issue. The local area around Cotton Farm has been very well represented on this in the latest and continuing studies on this issue. One particular example has been brought to the Sec of Sate personal attention we believe. We do wonder if BayWa has fully explained all these outstanding issues with the new owners.
We also note the following published info.
Cotton Farm Wind Farm is located in Cambridgeshire, England and has a total capacity of 16.4 MW and a forecast load factor of 35.6%
In reality npower stated, in the original planning documents a figure of 29%+/-; calculations from the documents indicate a figure nearer 21%. So someone is dreaming! The average is nearer to 21% for the East of England.
The results coming through from CFAG’s independent noise monitoring station in Graveley have confirmed that the windfarm is generating significant amounts of noise which the operators appear to be trying hard to mitigate while their compliance monitoring is being undertaken (the operators monitoring was only supposed to run for a few weeks in Spring but we understand that the monitoring is to continue for an indefinite period.)
CFAG’s noise monitoring has confirmed the presence of excessive (or high) levels of Amplitude Modulation (EAM) from the windfarm.
Examples, and explanation, of the type of noise being heard in Graveley can be found here:
A considerable number of noise complaints by residents have been made to the Environmental Health Officers at Huntingdonshire DC and South Cambridgeshire DC. Each village appears to be affected at different times depending on the wind direction and speed: Toseland (northerly winds), Great Paxton (easterly/northeasterly winds) and Graveley (south/southwesterly winds).
The Action Group is also aware of residents who have been affected by turbine noise but have not formally complained yet.
If the enjoyment of your home, or your garden, is being affected by noise from the turbines at any time during the day or night, do not ignore it. You can make a formal complaint to the relevant Environmental Health Officer (EHO):
Huntingdonshire DC EHO (for Toseland and Great Paxton)
South Cambridgeshire DC EHO (for Graveley)
They will arrange for a log to be sent asking you to record dates, times, wind direction and details of all current and future noise incidents experienced by you and your family, especially children. These logs will be very important in supporting a claim for Statutory Nuisance
Please also copy in the Action Group at the email address on the main site http://stopthewindfarm.org.uk/.