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Wind Power

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what planning applications for onshore wind turbines have been objected to by his Department in the period 1 January to 30 June 2008; and what percentage this represented of the number of onshore wind applications to which his Department had been invited to respond during that period. (217946)

Between 1 January and 30 June 2008 the Department objected to only 18 planning applications for onshore wind turbines (see following table). These represented 18 per cent. of the total number of onshore wind turbine applications about which we were consulted during that time.

Site name

Consenting authority

Reason for MOD objection

South Denes

Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Holding objection issued as awaiting details of proposal from Council

Dusty Drum

Angus Council

Interference with Air Traffic Control (ATC) radar

Hawthorn

District of Easington Council

Interference with Air Traffic Control (ATC) radar

Waun Garno

Powys County Council

Interference with Low Flying

Sedborough

Torridge District Council

Interference with National Air Traffic Services (NATS) radar

Normanton

Wakefield District Council

Interference with ATC radar

Redland

Caradon County Council

Interference with ATC radar

Hook Moor

Leeds City Council

Interference with ATC radar

Kings Lynn Wind Park

Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Council

Interference with ATC radar

Glittering

South Cambridgeshire District Council

Interference with ATC radar

Gwyndy Quarry Gaia 1

Isle of Anglesey Council

Interference with ATC radar and Low Flying

Rothes Extension

Scottish Government

Interference with ATC radar

Shipping Hill Plantation

Pembrokeshire County Council

Interference with ATC radar

Kingthorpe Stables

West Lindsey Council

Interference with ATC radar

St. Fergus Wind Turbine

Aberdeenshire Council

Interference with Air Defence Radar (ADR)

Withernwick

East Riding Council

Interference with Air Defence Radar (ADR)

The Firs

Aberdeenshire Council

Interference with Air Defence Radar (ADR)

Brunei University

Hillingdon Council

Interference with ATC radar

Since 2001 the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has raised no objection to planning applications for almost 5,600 turbines (both onshore and offshore) which would, if all were consented and built, generate approximately 14.5 GW of electricity.

The MOD fully supports the Government’s renewable energy policies and targets and considers every application received individually. We continue to work closely with the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, the British Wind Energy Association and other stakeholders in seeking solutions to problems.

The MOD is one of the signatories to the recent Memorandum of Understanding between the wind energy industry and Government and we were also heavily involved in producing the recent BERR sponsored Aviation Plan which sets out a structured way forward for addressing the need to try to find solutions for the effects of wind turbines on radar and other aviation interests. We are also represented on the newly formed Aviation Management Board and Aviation Advisory Panel which will oversee the work contained within the Aviation Plan.