30 November 2011
A case in which a couple claimed they had been forced from their home by wind farm noise has been settled.
Jane and Julian Davis from Deeping St Nicholas, Lincolnshire, who had been seeking £2.5m in compensation, said the low frequency hum made them ill.
But at London’s High Court, the defence said the couple were “over-sensitive”.
The judge has now been told the couple and the wind farm’s owners and operators have agreed a settlement under terms of strict confidentiality.
The couple had said the problems began immediately after the eight-turbine wind farm began operating half a mile from their home in mid-2006.
Within six months they had moved, claiming the noise had disturbed their sleep, given them headaches and made their house effectively worthless.
Mr and Mrs Davis sued local landowners – RC Tinsley Ltd and Nicholas Watts – on whose land some of the turbines are sited, as well as Fenland Windfarms Ltd and Fenland Green Power Cooperative Ltd, which own and operate them.
The defence argued the owners and operators had done everything possible to deal with the couple’s concerns and suggested they were “exaggerating and overreacting”.
The case had been due to resume on Wednesday but trial judge Mr Justice Hickinbottom was told the case had been settled.