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Frequently asked questions & factual answers - for more detail please see our Issues section.
1. Will a wind farm affect the value of my house?
Yes. The Valuation Office Agency, which decides Council Tax valuations, has accepted that proximity to a wind farm does reduce house values and re-banded some properties accordingly. District Judge Michael Buckley said that the noise, visual intrusion and flicker reduced the value of a house in the Lake District by 20% (and the turbines there were only 40m high). As well as the potential for a reduction in house values, there’s also the issue of planning blight – for many people it has proved impossible to sell their home at any price, particularly with ongoing uncertainty during a planning process which takes several years.
2. Will a wind farm affect my health?
Possibly. Concerns have been raised that relate to low frequency vibration, noise, light pollution and shadow flicker. In some areas, residents have successfully sued developers and landowners because of sleep disruption and depression. In one case, a wind farm planning application was rejected because of the effect it would have on eight year old autistic twin boys living nearby.
The noise regulations (ETSU-R-97) that govern wind farms are outdated and widely discredited. Although developers of wind farms argue that noise is a minor issue, a recent paper in the prestigious British Medical Journal has concluded that the noise of wind turbines seems to affect health adversely and has called for an independent review of the evidence.
3. This isn’t on my doorstep – do I need to worry?
Yes. This decision could establish a dangerous precedent for further development in the Grantham and Newark region. There are many other wind turbine proposals in our immediate area – check out this map.
Even if you aren’t close to Fulbeck Airfield (remember that it will be visible for 20 miles in some directions), you may be affected by the construction – temporary roads will need to be built to handle the outsize loads, there will be increased heavy traffic through our tranquil villages, noise and vibrations from pile-driving and so on.
4. Won’t Lincolnshire County Council’s wind turbine policy prevent this development?
No. Lincolnshire County Council policy on separation distances will not protect us, because the planning authority involved is South Kesteven District Council and they are not bound by the county’s policy.
5. The local community will benefit financially, won’t they?
Almost certainly not. Jobs could be lost if local tourism businesses suffer because of the new wind eyesores on their doorsteps. Turbines are manufactured abroad and wind farms are operated remotely, so there will be no new jobs. There may be some small scale work for local companies during construction.
EnergieKontor offers a community benefit fund, paid for by all of us through the green levies on our fuel bills, and at Fulbeck Airfield this could equate to around a few pence per household per week – a very tiny fraction of the millions that EnergieKontor will make and the several million the landowners might stand to make from the wind farm. Experience in other areas suggests that the communities most directly impacted by wind farms benefit least from these funds