The number of complaints received for wind farm noise is significantly higher in Omagh and Fermanagh District than any other council area.
According to latest statistics from DAERA, there was a total of 13 noise complaints made as a result of wind turbines (individual) in the Omagh and Fermanagh area. This was significantly higher than the five complaints made in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, five in Mid-Ulster and five in the Newry, Mourne and Down district. Overall, Belfast district was the only area with no turbine-related noise complaints.
The situation may worsen with ten 125 metre turbines currently being erected in Dooish, near Drumquin.
A council attempt to refuse planning permission for the site, citing concerns about breaches of noise limits, was overturned last year.
An ever contentious issue, the effect on residents is a key concern when it comes to wind farm applications.
Last November the planning committee of Mid-Ulster successfully refused planning for five turbines in Davagh forest near Greencastle after a significant number of local objections.
The council felt the wind farm would have a “direct impact on local dwellings”.
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