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Wind Power

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to object for operational flying reasons to the proposed erection of six wind turbines at Guestwick in Norfolk. (198733)

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) raised objections to the planning application for the erection of wind turbines at Guestwick in January 2005, given the anticipated effect of the turbines on the operation of air traffic radars at RAF Coltishall and RAF Marham. Our concerns were considered in conjunction with the applicant and Broadland district council. It was agreed that our main concerns would be addressed if the development of the turbines was deferred until flying operations had ceased at RAF Coltishall.

In fact, the local planning authority refused planning consent in March 2005. Since then we have not been consulted further on this proposal. However, should the development referred to be brought forward we would need to review our position using current assessment process.

MOD fully supports the Government's policy on renewable energy. We operate a free planning consultation service for wind farm developers and consider every proposal on a case-by-case basis.