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Wind Power: Heysham

Volume 496: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons his Department has objected to the siting of a wind turbine by British Telecom at Heysham, Morecambe. (287993)

The Ministry of Defence has objected to the Heysham development on the grounds that the turbines would cause unacceptable interference to air traffic control radar at the nearby Warton airfield. It is believed that this would unacceptably jeopardise flight safety in the airspace around the turbines.

We are working with the developer and hope that we can find mitigation measures to enable us to remove our objection. Failing this, the objection will be maintained.