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Wind farm's turbines may knock out radar

The is Sleaford|August 19, 2009
United Kingdom (UK)Safety

Military officials have warned RAF Cranwell planes could be affected by proposals to build eight 125-metre turbines in the Lincolnshire countryside. The RAF base and those at Waddington and Coningsby have been identified as sites that would be unable to provide a full Air Traffic Radar service if Enertrag UK erected turbines on land between Baumber and Wispington, near Horncastle.


Military officials have warned RAF Cranwell planes could be affected by proposals to build eight 125-metre turbines in the Lincolnshire countryside.

The RAF base and those at Waddington and Coningsby have been identified as sites that would be unable to provide a full Air Traffic Radar service if Enertrag UK erected turbines on land between Baumber and Wispington, near Horncastle.

A public consultation of the energy company's plans is ongoing, with residents expressing both objections and support for the project.

A letter from Ministry of Defence land manager, Defence Estates, said the 125-metre structures would cause "unacceptable interference" to radar and make it difficult to detect planes flying near them.

Defence Estates assistant safeguarding officer Cyranne Taylor said objections needed to be raised.

She explained: "Following trials in 2005, it has been concluded that wind turbines can affect the detection of aircraft in the vicinity of turbines.

"Due to this, the RAF would be unable to provide a full Air Traffic Radar service in the area of the proposed wind farm."

Air traffic management company NATS En Route Plc raised a similar objection.

Enertrag UK project David Linley said he expected the concerns to be resolved.

Baumber Wind Farm Action Group is consulting residents near the proposed site and chairman Melvin Grosvenor said they had received plenty of support opposing the turbines.


Source:http://www.thisislincolnshire…

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