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Ireland: New rules ban wind farms being within 500m of homes

Paul Melia — The Independent — December 12, 2013

WIND turbines will not be constructed within 500 metres of homes under new regulations proposed by the Government.

The Department of the Environment says there must be a “minimum separation” of half a kilometre between a turbine and private home, unless the homeowner agrees to it being closer.

The regulations also propose a noise limit of 40 decibels in areas around wind farms, equivalent to that found in a residential area with no traffic.

Wind-farm operators will also be obliged to ensure there is no ‘shadow flicker’ — where turbines cause shadows to intermittently fall across properties — and if flickering occurs, the turbine will have to be powered off.

The proposal of the regulations, which are out for public consultation until February, is the first time in seven years that planning guidelines on wind farms have been updated.

Additional guidelines for large-scale wind farms, as proposed for the Midlands, will be published next year, and could include additional restrictions on developers.  Read full article here…..

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2 Comments on “Ireland: New rules ban wind farms being within 500m of homes”

  1. 1957chev December 12, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    That is still WAY too close. 2km should be minimum, and greater setbacks, for larger turbines!

  2. cornwallwindwatch December 13, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch and commented:
    See this Cornwall Council – 500m. Not 200m or 280m or 425m. It’s not enough as it happens but a good place to start.

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