P-04-329 Control of noise nuisance from wind turbines

Petition wording:

We call upon the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to pass a statute controlling the noise nuisance from wind turbines during anti-social hours. We ask for the implementation of respite periods during which time turbines would be switched off.


Noise respite periods are common in public health legislation. They are called for by the World Health Organisation in their Community Noise report; and are currently implemented in the U.K. on airport operations, construction sites and factories and other evening and overnight noise nuisance.


We ask that this applies to turbines above 1.3 MW, and that respite periods be between 18.00Hrs to 06.00Hrs for turbines within 1.5 Km of individual residences; and 22.00Hrs to 06.00 Hrs for turbines within 2Km of communities. Authorities within Wales determining applications under 50MW Plate Capacity, and the Infrastructure Planning Commission determining those over 50MW should make developers aware of this Public Health restriction which may affect individual turbines.



Lead petitioner:

James Shepherd Foster


Number of signatures:



Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Consultation process

Please see the consultation letter below for more information.


The Committee welcomes responses from both individuals and organisations. If you are responding on behalf of an organisation, please provide a brief description of the role of your organisation.


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The Committee welcomes contributions in English or Welsh, and we ask organisations with Welsh Language policies/schemes to provide bilingual submissions, in line with their public information policies.


If you wish to contribute evidence, please send an electronic copy of your submission to petition@wales.gov.uk. Alternatively, you can submit it by post to:


Committee Clerk, Petition Committee, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, CF99 1NA.


Submissions should arrive by Thursday 3 November 2011. It may not be possible to take into account responses received after this date.