Tandridge District Council have refused a planning application for a single turbine, partly due to the proposed impact it would have on Gatwick Airport radar. The proposed wind turbine would have stood at 150ft tall and been located at the Horne Park Golf Club in East Surrey.
Reported in the Surrey Mirror, the council had a letter explaining the air safety concerns from the Gatwick Airport aerodrome safeguarding officer: “Because of the rotating nature of the turbine, it could not be filtered out by the standard radar filtering of static objects. could have a negative impact on the potential safety of Gatwick Airport’s operation.”
Unfortunately, radar concerns can stop wind developments from progressing. In the case of this project getSurrey reported that the Horne Park Golf Club manager would not challenge the decision, by appealing.
Since we have been working with developers on this issue for over 10 years now, the best advice we can give is evaluate radar and aviation constraints early on. Our online report, the Aviation Risk Assessment would be a good place to start.
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