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Noise and wind farm construction

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is currently looking into concerns about noise in Withernsea, East Riding of Yorkshire and the Westermost Rough Offshore Wind Farm. The MMO regulates development in the seas around England, this includes offshore wind farms construction with a capacity of up to 100 megawatts.

Updates

13 March 2014

Read an update on our work with the council and developer.

5 March 2014

Representatives from the MMO and the East Riding of Yorkshire Council have visited Withernsea while wind farm construction activities were ongoing to check for any audible noise. Additionally, an MMO representative visited Withernsea last weekend with a view to detecting any noise at local residences during the piling. A representative from the developer, Dong Energy, was also present with noise monitoring equipment. No audible noise that could be attributed to wind farm construction could be detected either by the MMO or the developer during any visit.

In the meantime, we are working closely with both the local council and developer and seeking to arrange for monitoring equipment to be installed within a residence in Withernsea to try and detect the source of any noise.

We licensed Dong Energy to construct the Westermost Rough Offshore Wind Farm in November 2011 following careful consideration of the application and a supporting environmental statement. The statement assessed the potential noise impacts including airborne noise and concluded there would be no significant impact as a result of the wind farm.

Developments are only licensed when we are satisfied they meet legal requirements and any effects on the environment and quality of life are minimised.

We are currently looking into the issues raised and are working with the local planning authority and the developer. It is not possible at this time to identify the exact source of any noise. Further updates will be published when available.

Details of the licence are available through the public register on the MMO website – case reference is 34633/091124. The work includes constructing 35 turbines, with the closest turbine being about 8km from the shore.

Further details of the environmental impact assessment performed by the developers are available on their website.