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Buildings – Radar Impact Assessment

Why assess radar impact?

Building developments can adversely affect radar in their vicinity – concerns are most common within 20 km for an airport radar or much further for other types of radar. (This range is not set in stone, and only provided for some general context).

Radar concerns that become apparent at a late stage in the development process e.g. within a few weeks of the planned submission can have very serious consequences for the development including delay, changes to design or even refusal of permission.

What are the benefits of a Pager Power Radar Impact Assessment?

Pager Power’s radar impact assessment will identify and quantify the constraints, as well as inform next steps in order to progress the project.

Pager Power has been conducting radar impact assessments for more than fifteen years. All Pager Power reports are designed to be: 

  • Comprehensive – covering all the relevant aspects for each individual proposed development. 
  • Up-to-date with reference to current guidelines from the relevant bodies and recent industry developments.
  • Understandable to non-experts and experts alike. 

Pager Power has experience at all stages of development, from scoping, to planning, to discharging conditions and appeals/public enquiry.

What does a Pager Power Radar Impact Assessment cover?

Overview

Potential radar issues for buildings developments can be extensive and varied depending on the specific scenario. Bespoke requirements will be determined at the outset based on developer requirements and the development type relative to its location. Typical considerations are set out below.

Radar Type

All radar are not equal. The most common civilian-use radar types are Primary Surveillance Radar and Secondary Surveillance radar – each of which can have various ranges. Other types of radar include Precision Approach Radar (military) and meteorological radar (for monitoring the weather). The potential impacts are different for the various kinds of radar.

Line of Sight Analysis

Technical assessment to determine whether the development will be ‘visible’ to the radar is undertaken.

Detectability Analysis

Where appropriate, technical analysis to determine the likelihood of a radar detecting a proposed development is undertake (this is generally only applicable for primary surveillance radar and wind turbines).

Mitigation Overview

A brief description of solutions to any predicted impact is presented for reference.

Recommendation

Recommended next steps to progress the building development based on the report findings are set out.

“Pager Power have successfully guided us through the unknown world of building properties in a safeguarding zone. Mike and his team have always been quick to respond, provided clear information and strategic direction to us. Technical information has been explained clearly enabling our team to convey this to the public and our stakeholders.

Mike has worked well with the wider project team and been very approachable throughout.  I would happily recommend Pager Power to others.”

Claire Flowers
Senior Development Consultant, Redloft Ltd

 

 

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