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Would you object to a 125m wind turbine less than a mile from your home?

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penguinsarefunny Thu 17-Jul-08 08:52:31

our local ASDA warehouse are planning on putting one up. we were all for it. but we just found out that it's going to be one of the BIG ones. now we're not so sure.
do they make noise? will it effect our property value? does anyone have any experience living near one?

LookingForwardToSummer Thu 17-Jul-08 11:33:39

I'd hate it, but I am a bit sceptical about their value! Apparently if the sun shines through them into your house you can get a strobe effect - but that depends on where it is in relation to your house. I'd be a bit worried about the hum - but I guess the asda car park is pretty noisy anyway. Why not phone an estate agent to ask about impact on value?

Amphibimum Thu 17-Jul-08 11:37:41

no i bloody wouldnt

honestly, all this talk about carbon footprints and bitching about whos doing this and whos not doing that but ask people to accept something new that might actually help and NO its all, oh but they hum, and they look horrid, which is bollox.

i think they look fine and its clean renewable energy. sheesh.

RusselBrussel Thu 17-Jul-08 11:39:21

No, I absolutely would not, I would welcome it with open arms. I love the idea of wind-power, I would happily have a turbine in my back garden.
I firmly believe in them, but then I am from Holland where they are all along the coast and along coastal motorways interspersed with lamp posts.

We have to save the planet somehow!

Cappuccino Thu 17-Jul-08 11:39:41

no it doesn't make noise

I have conducted an interview in a field full of them, with sheep grazing happily round their bases

no I wouldn't complain, you idiot

sagacious Thu 17-Jul-08 11:51:45

No I wouldn't

Less than a mile?

Unless they were siting it directly next to my bedroom window I fail to see how it could cause a problem.

I think some of them can be quite beautiful (though possibly aesthetics are not a consideration bearing in mind its attached to a asda warehouse)

dilbertina Thu 17-Jul-08 11:53:40


WilfSell Thu 17-Jul-08 11:53:50

Ring up Asda and ask if you can sign up for any discounted electricity surplus scheme they might have?

Don't be grumpy about them: the oil's gonna run out soon and we're all going to find them much more attractive when it does! grin

mum2oandh Thu 17-Jul-08 11:54:54

I wouldn't mind at all, they've got to go somewhere!
A bit NIMBYish not to want it.

Blu Thu 17-Jul-08 11:54:55

No, I think they are rather beautiful, I have had a picnic very very close to one and couldn't hear it, and i'd rather live close to a windmill rather than cose to the extra emisions from any other fuel they might use.

seb1 Thu 17-Jul-08 11:56:07


alardi Thu 17-Jul-08 12:18:49

Not very kind, cappucino...?

I wouldn't complain, no, we may actually get some large turbines about a mile from us and in our view in the next 10 years or so, and we are looking to invest in the project.

Whizzz Thu 17-Jul-08 12:26:28

No I wouldn't - far better than a sub station or generation plant! I actually think they look rather graceful

jimjamshaslefttheyurt Thu 17-Jul-08 12:29:40

god it would be a nightmare for us.

Would get no sense out of ds1 at all, he wouldn't eat or sleep (he is utterly transfixed by them).

Ds1 aside I rather like the way they move. And I would rather that than a mobile phone mast.

KatyMac Thu 17-Jul-08 12:31:55

Would you rather a nuclear power plant? Because that is the other option atm

charliecat Thu 17-Jul-08 12:34:35

no i wouldnt.

BouncingTurtle Thu 17-Jul-08 12:38:15

Jimjam - my stepson is also similarly obssessed with them.

I rather like them too!

fryalot Thu 17-Jul-08 15:01:02

I really like them and wouldn't mind in the slightest


sushistar Thu 17-Jul-08 17:12:36

I like them. When I stood right under one it made a soft wooshing noise. It was pleasant. And I think they're quite beautiful.

dylsmum1998 Thu 17-Jul-08 17:13:00

i wouldnt mind at all, i think they are a good alterernative power source, i odnt understand why people get so up in arms about them, i used to live between 2 coal power stations, i would def prefer a whole field of wind turbines

OverMyDeadBody Thu 17-Jul-08 17:14:40

No. I think they are beautiful and would love to live near a whole farm of them.

Bronze Thu 17-Jul-08 17:15:44

Wouldn't bother me. Apparentlythere are going to be some nearish us as we were given the option to object. In fact I had someone come round trying to get me to sign a petition against them. Took him a while to realise they we actually welcome the idea. Better that than nuclear.

Love2bake Thu 17-Jul-08 17:23:59

I wouldn't mind at all. I think we should have more of them.

We went to Holland this year, and they have them all over the place. I think they look really beautiful.

nannyL Thu 17-Jul-08 19:23:41

I wouldnt mind

I live almost next dor to one of the biggest asdas in this country and if thats what they chose to do it wouldnt botehr me in the slightest!

Lizum Thu 17-Jul-08 19:42:41

I'd love one near me. I'm the opposite of a NIMBY. I'm an IMBY Please! (Thought not literally as I wouldn't have any back yard left!)

When developers look at building turbines, they have to locate them at least 400m away from homes due to the noise. At this distance they are quiet enough at night. Shadow flicker is also considered and there are some turbines that stop rotating at certain times of the day to stop flicker.

There's some in Cambridgeshire which had new houses built close to it and apparently there was no problem selling them.

Why not go and visit one? To find one near you, try, or

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