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Three Lancashire wind turbines stopped by MOD

Three Lancashire wind turbines stopped by MOD
December 8, 2014 Kai Frolic

Proposals for three single wind turbine developments on local farms near Oswaldtwistle, in Lancashire, have been refused by planners due to objections from the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

Concerns over the potential impact on the surveillance radar at Warton Aerodrome – which is operated by BAE Systems safeguarded by the MOD – were reported [1][2]­ before the decision and permission was subsequently denied [3].

The proposed developments were reported to have three different tip heights of 24.8 metres, 30 metres and 40 metres.

These planning refusals demonstrate that even relatively small-scale single turbine developments, such as these, are high risk if they are detectable to a radar. It is advisable for developers to screen and assess the radar constraints for a site in the pre-planning stage, for small scale and large scale developments alike.

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References

[1] http://www.accringtonobserver.co.uk/news/local-news/wind-turbines-rejected-over-radar-8094534 –  Last Accessed 05 December 2014

[2] http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/11577621.Planned_Oswaldtwistle_wind_turbines_could_trick_Ministry_of_Defence_radar/  – Last Accessed 05 December 2014

[3] http://www.accringtonobserver.co.uk/news/local-news/wind-turbines-rejected-over-radar-8094534 – Last Accessed 05 December 2014

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