IOA sets up wind farm working group
In response to a request from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Institute of Acoustics has set up a working group to take forward the recommendations of the Hayes McKenzie report on “Analysis of How Noise Impacts are considered in the Determination of Wind Farm Planning Applications” Ref HM: 2293/R1 dated 6th April 2011”.
The members are: Richard Perkins, Parsons Brinckerhoff Ltd. (Chairman); Matthew Cand, Hoare Lea Acoustics; Robert Davis, RD Associates; Malcolm Hayes, Hayes McKenzie Partnership; and Chris Jordan, Northern Group Systems (Environmental Health).
The group’s aim is to review the available evidence, and to produce good practice guidance on wind turbine noise assessment. The group currently expects to consult on the guidance in spring 2012, with the final guidance being published in summer 2012.
Richard Perkins said he wanted to thank the large number of people who volunteered to join the group, but it was not possible to involve everyone. However, the group is looking to establish a peer review group in spring 2012 to review the document prior to consultation. Anyone who would like to contribute with information (research papers, data, inquiry proceedings etc.) that may be of assistance to the group, or would like to help with the peer review, should contact him at email@example.com The terms of the group's reference and the minutes of the meeting between the IOA and the DECC are contained in the following PDFs: