The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is continuing to work closely with colleagues based in its Grimsby coastal office, the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the developer Dong Energy, to gain a better understanding of the concerns about noise in Withernsea, East Riding of Yorkshire and the Westermost Rough Offshore Wind Farm.
The MMO said today that it has been receiving regular reports and updates from the developer regarding future piling activities and can confirm that arrangements have been made to install monitoring equipment in the homes of local residents in the week starting 10 March 2014.
The MMO is currently looking into the issues raised regarding noise during the construction of the wind farm, and is working with the local planning authority and the developer to find a solution.
The organization licensed DONG Energy to construct the Westermost Rough Offshore Wind Farm in November 2011 following careful consideration of the application and a supporting environmental statement. The statement assessed the potential noise impacts including airborne noise and concluded there would be no significant impact as a result of the wind farm.
Developments are only licensed when the MMO is satisfied they meet legal requirements and any effects on the environment and quality of life are minimised.
Press release, March 13, 2014; Image: ihcmerwede