inacoustic can assist with planning applications for wind turbine schemes throughout the UK. We can produce standalone noise assessments or full Environmental Noise Chapters, for inclusion in a wider Environmental Impact Assessment.
Wind Turbine Schemes
Noise from wind turbine schemes is assessed in accordance with ETSU-R-97 in the UK.
Our team has considerable experience with wind turbine schemes, having been involved in the development of over 300 sites in the UK, ranging from 50 kW to 5 MW schemes.
We undertake simplified and site-specific noise assessments, depending on the constraints of the proposed site, in full accordance with ETSU-R-97 and guidance given by the Institute of Acoustics. It should be noted that simplified noise assessments are sometimes referred to as ‘desktop noise assessments’.
At the outset of a project, we undertake a preliminary assessment of the proposed wind turbine scheme within two working days, to understand whether a simplified or site-specific noise assessment is required.
If we find that a simplified noise assessment is required for the planning application, then we turn the noise report around in five working days from receiving instruction to proceed.
If we find that a site-specific noise assessment is required for the planning application, then we typically begin site work within ten working days. On-site measurements typically range between two to four weeks, with the technical report delivered within five working days of on-site measurements being completed.
For companies developing large numbers of wind turbine schemes, we offer a fixed fee framework agreement for simplified and on-site noise assessments, wherever the sites may be in the UK. Please call any of our offices to discuss how we can assist you with setting up a fixed fee framework agreement.