[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind turbines near Chichester stopped over noise fear  

Credit:  Chichester Observer, www.chichester.co.uk 5 November 2011 ~~

Plans for a green energy project at a farm near Chichester involving the construction of two wind turbines more than 100ft high have been thrown out.

Councillors on the district’s southern area development control committee voted 8-1 to refuse planning permission on the grounds of inadequate information about the noise implications of the scheme.

Fears about a precedent being set for many other similar schemes in the area, and about visual impact, were also expressed during the debate – but not put forward as reasons for refusal.

The development, proposed for Southend Farm, in Selsey Road, Donnington, featured two 50kw white wind turbines.

Planning officers recommended refusal, with the council’s environmental health service declaring this was justified by an increase in background noise levels from the existing situation during the quietest part of the night, from midnight to 4.30am.

But there was no objection from Donnington, Hunston, Sidlesham and Birdham parish councils, Chichester Harbour Conservancy, the National Air Traffic Service, the RSPB or West Sussex County Council.

The committee was told the scheme, planned by H Fleming and Son, was intended to generate renewable electricity to supply both the farm business and ‘diversified farm ventures’ including a green wedding venue, with the spill to be sold to the National Grid.

The site had good average wind speeds, which would generate good yields of renewable energy.

Donnington representative Cllr John Ridd said noise was his own significant objection to the application. This was a very quiet rural area, and noise carried on the wind very clearly because the land was so flat.

He also objected on the grounds of visual impact, and because a precedent would be set for other turbines on the Manhood.

“This would be the first site on the Manhood, and the first on the coastal stretch in our district, where we had turbines of this size,” he added.

He supported the project, but on these grounds had to recommend refusal.

Cllr Martyn Bell said he was concerned that unique views of the cathedral from the harbour and the sea would be jeopardised. “We have had a policy over many years of trying and succeeding in stopping visual interruption of the cathedral and its spire,” he added.

Another crucial visual impact would be on views from the National Park. Cllr David Myers said he was told the turbines would not intrude into the views, but he would be voting against the scheme on noise grounds.

Cllr Stephen Oakley said he believed there would be a detrimental impact on the landscape. “Remember, these are more than 100ft high,” he added. And Cllr Quentin Cox said he would be voting to refuse this application purely on the grounds they did not have adequate noise information.

Cllr Tricia Tull was concerned a precedent would be set. “There are plenty of other farming landowners who would wish to follow this.”

Source:  Chichester Observer, www.chichester.co.uk 5 November 2011

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.