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     "That noise pollution is a byproduct of wind energy generation is now widely accepted. In a landmark case in January, a district judge in Cumbria awarded a couple £12,500 in compensation - 20% of the market value of their house in 1997 - because of damage to visual amenity, noise pollution and the "irritating flickering" caused by the sun shining through moving blades. Their house was 550m away." Wind power or horse power; Daily Post, retrieved 31 March 2012.

     The wind farm has drawn 262 submissions - 22 in support and 237 opposed. One opponent is the Waiuku Wind Farm Information Society, which says 600 people have endorsed its submission containing a dozen claims, including possible effects on rural views, tourism, health and horse training and breeding. Information society chairwoman Lesley Cotter said it was not opposing wind-power but believed Genesis should have picked a more remote site where the sight and noise of turbines would not affect so many people. She said 7000 people lived in Waiuku 7km away and the district council estimated 500,000 people a year visited nearby Karioitahi Beach. Press report, NZ Herald, retrieved 31 March 2012.

 

 

 

Note: this paper was first published in 2012.
Last Updated on 19 May 2012