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Wind Power

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what onshore wind farm applications his Department did not initially object to but later objected to in the last three years; and what the reasons were for doing so. (184434)

There are a number of reasons why a late objection may have to be made; these include new information being made available, a change in Ministry of Defence requirements, or an improved understanding of the effects of wind turbines.

In many cases a wind farm proposal changes significantly between the pre-planning consultation sent to the MOD and the final planning application. It is essential, therefore, that we assess the development in its final state using all available evidence. In some cases it will mean raising an objection when earlier we hadn't; in others we may be able to lift an objection we had previously registered.

Over the past three years the MOD did not initially object to onshore wind farm applications, but did so later in the following cases:

Site name

Reason for MOD objection

Wryde Croft

Unacceptable implications for Air Traffic Control (ATC) radars at RAF Coningsby, RAF Cottesmore, RAF Cranwell, RAF Waddington and also with the Precision Approach Radar (PAR) at RAF Wittering.

Wandylaw

Unacceptable implications with Air Defence (AD) radar for the Remote Radar Head (RRH) Brizlee Wood in Northumberland.

Green Rig

Unacceptable interference with the ATC radars at RAF Spadeadam.

French Farm

As for Wryde Croft.

Nutsgrove

As for Wryde Croft.

Routh

Unacceptable interference on AD radar at RRH Staxton Wold in Yorkshire.

Ray

Unacceptable effect on the ATC radars at RAF Spadeadam.

Fallago Rig

Unacceptable effect on the AD radar at the RRH at Brizlee Wood in Northumberland.