The Noise Abatement Society (NAS) has today issued a stark warning that public health could suffer from low frequency noise and a possible hum.
The NAS is familiar with complaints about the health effects of onshore wind farms, and has seen a “significant” increase in recent years.
Locals near the wind farm at Bears Down in Cornwall, for example, say they have experienced headaches, migraines, nausea, dizziness, palpitations, tinnitus, sleep disorders, stress anxiety and depression.
NAS managing director Lisa Lavia said more research was needed into the offshore variety.
She said: “We welcome this development in principle but further research and consideration needs to be given to the low frequency noise and vibration that such structures cause. If not sited correctly, public health will suffer considerably.”
The society points to a review for the Department for environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) which found low frequency noise and hum can cause annoyance, loss of sleep, body vibrations and stress.
Source: The Daily Echo