Wind Turbine Safety

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Colin J Lee

Dear Department for Communities and Local Government,

1.0 Pease confirm what is the safe distance from residential properties of siting a 45 meter wind turbine

Does itinclude a Health and safety review of Ice Throw , Fire and Blade detatchment

Also what is the advice on siting in a public park , or playing feilds

Yours faithfully,

Colin J Lee

Colin J Lee

Dear Department for Communities and Local Government,
Can you please reply to by question on safe set back distances for a Turbine of 45m height to cover health and safety aspects of Ice Throw , Fire and Blade detachment

Yours faithfully,

Colin J Lee

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Andrew Lipinski,

Dear Mr Lee

Thank you for your email of the 22 February to the Department in which you have sought advice on a variety of planning issues with regard to wind turbine developments. Your email has been passed to this Division, which has responsibility for planning policy for renewable energy development. I have been asked to reply and I apologise for the delay in doing so.

You have asked about the safe distance from residential properties of siting a 45 metre wind turbine. Current planning policy and legislation does not include a standard separation distance between wind turbines and inhabited buildings. Rather, each wind turbine proposal is assessed on a case by case basis according to its impacts. This means that the separation distance between wind turbines and occupied buildings derives from a local assessment of matters such as likely noise levels and visual impact. Current national planning policy for renewable energy is set out in Planning Policy Statement 22 (PPS22): Renewable Energy. The Technical Annex of the Companion Guide to PPS22 provides further guidance on safety . It advises that ‘the minimum desirable distance between wind turbines and occupied buildings calculated on the basis of expected noise levels and visual impact will often be greater than that necessary to meet safety requirements. Fall over distance (i.e. the height of the turbine to the tip of the blade) plus 10% is often used as a safe separation distance.’.

The Companion Guide also provides guidance on icing and how the planning system should consider this issue when determining planning applications for wind turbines. PPS22 and its companion guide can be viewed on the Department's web-site at:
http://www.communities.gov.uk/planningan...

You asked what the advice is on siting of wind turbines in public parks or playing fields. Current planning policy does not include specific guidance on the siting of wind turbines in public parks and playing fields. Local planning authorities have responsibility for making decisions on wind turbine developments and each application will be assessed on a case by case basis. These decisions should be taken in line with the development plan for the area, unless material considerations dictate otherwise. Such material considerations may include the likely effect of the proposal on the surrounding area, including on playing fields and public parks, and taking into account representations made by members of the public.

The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and Regulations issued under it, outline general duties on employers to ensure that the risks to worker and public safety from their activities are, so far as is reasonable practicable, safe and without risk to health. Most health and safety law does not come into effect until a development has been approved allowing construction activities to commence.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Lipinski
Planning Environment Division
Department for Communities and local Government
Zone 1/J6
Eland House
Bressenden Place
London SW1E 5DU

Tel: 0303 444 1685

31 March 2011

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Colin J Lee

Dear Andrew Lipinski,
I have read the pp22 support information and cannot find any reference to ice throw or blade detachment or fire safety limits . Can you please confirm what is the specific guide lines to planners to cover this key aspect of planning approval.Also as you stated health and safety is a post development activity , but I think they should support the development of safe distances guidelines
Also the distance you have stated in your basic calc is if they fall , but ice throw ,blade detachment and fire will require greater distances due to centrifugal force

Yours sincerely,

Colin J Lee

Andrew Lipinski,

Dear Mr Lee,

Thank you for your e:mail of the 31 March. I apologise for not replying to you earlier.

Paragraphs 49 to 51 and Paragraph 79 of the Wind Chapter of the Companion Guide to Planning Policy Statement 22 provide guidance for planners with regards to ice throw and blade detachment. The local planning authority would need to consider the appropriate safe distance (or separation zone) between a proposed wind turbine development and other land uses on a case by case basis - ice throw, blade detachment and fire would be factors that they would consider in the development control process.

I hope this is of help to you.

Regards

Andrew

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Colin J Lee

Dear Andrew Lipinski,
Thanks for your reply , I have read the paragraphs which cover the safety aspects, I believe these are very vague and out of date and are not factual based , i would like to send you a copy of a summary of wind turbine accidents and also copies of reports of ice throw incidents in Peterbrough and video evidence of these machines self destructing,catching fire ( At the Nissan wind farm ) ,can you please give me a contact e mail address to send this data too and I would like to request a review and re issue of the PP22 policy companion guide based on the latest findings . I would also like the government to support the Lord Keans private bill on safe set back distances ,which is at the second reading phase

Yours sincerely,

Colin J Lee

Andrew Lipinski,

Dear Mr Lee,

Thank you for your email of the 6 April. I apologise for the delay in replying.

Thank you for your offer to send the Department a copy of the summary of wind turbine accidents, copies of reports of ice throw incidents in Peterborough and video evidence of these machines self destructing and catching fire. We are aware of these incidents you mentioned in your email.

You have suggested that the Companion Guide to Planning Policy Statement 22: Renewable Energy should be reviewed and revised. The Government is committed to radically reforming the planning system to give neighbourhoods far more ability to determine the shape of the places in which inhabitants live. As part of this reform process, the Government announced in December the start of the work to create a simple and consolidated National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) covering all forms of development, including for renewable energy. More information is available at: www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/18... and www.communities.gov.uk/planningandbuildi... The Government intends to consult on the Framework in the summer.

Current national planning policy does not include an exclusion zone between wind turbines and housing. Rather, each wind turbine proposal is assessed on a case by case basis according to its impacts. The position the Government will take in relation to Lord Reay's Private Members' Bill will be decided in the light of the outcome of the review of national planning policies in the NPPF.

Yours sincerely

Andrew Lipinski
Planning Environment Division
DCLG
Zone 1/J6
Eland House
Bressenden Place
London SW1E 5DU

Tel: 0303 444 1685

5 May 2011

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