Residents living in the vicinity of the planned Drenthe Monden wind farm area are seeking compensation for the depreciated value of their property and impact on their (mental) health due to the wind turbines.
Translation by Traci White
DOKK Advocaten, the solicitors preparing the collective claims, told Dagblad van het Noorden that the total damages could be in the hundreds of millions of euros. De Drenthe Monden and Oostermoer wind park is set to be built in the northern Drenthe municipalities of Borger-Odoorn and Aa and Hunze. The park will consist of 45 wind turbines with a shaft height of 145 meters, and the tips of the blades will reach a height of 210.5 meters.
According to DOKK Advocaten, the depreciation of property value will form most of the claim, but residents are also worried about potential health issues due to prolonged exposure to the sound generated by 131-meter-long blades. The solicitor’s office is planning to recoup the damages from the two parties behind the wind turbines: Duurzame Energieproductie Exloermond, a group of agricultural business owners and property owners, and Raedthuys Windenergie BV.
RTV Drenthe reports that the builders of the wind park are assessing the impact of wind turbines not on residents, but on the LOFAR telescopes from ASTRON in Dwingeloo. A special device will temporarily emit the same amount of electromagnetic waves as the planned wind turbines in order to measure their effect on the radio telescope.