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Noise fears over Stockton wind farm

Concerns have been raised over potential noise pollution from a proposed wind farm near Stockton after the developer applied for the removal of a planning condition.

Banks Renewables was granted permission for the development of four 125m-high turbines at the Lambs Hill site, west of Stillington, last December.

Now Banks has applied to have the “amplitude modulation” planning condition – which would prevent excessive noise – removed. Nearby residents fear, if the development goes ahead, Banks will be under no obligation to regulate the noise factor of the turbines.

Tom Kirby, from the Lambs Hill Action Group, said he had conducted a survey which showed most people in the area were opposed to the condition being lifted.

But he also said most had not understood a letter from Stockton Council outlining the application, so had not responded.

He added: “The people of Stillington want to be sure that if there is noise from these turbines, then something is going to be done about it.”

Phil Dyke, development director at Banks, said the requested change related to a technical issue in the wording of the planning document.

He insisted that the removal of the condition would not affect the stringent manner in which noise would be managed.

Addressing the uncertainty of the letter sent to residents highlighted by Mr Kirby, a Stockton Council spokesman said: “These descriptions are submitted by the applicant and we are obliged to communicate that. The letters inform the recipient they have 21 days to submit their views and also give details of how anyone who would like clarification or further details about the application can find out more.”