Green Haworth wind turbine would trick defence radar, says MoD

Lancashire Telegraph: The MOD says the turbine could be detrimental to radar The MOD says the turbine could be detrimental to radar

A PROPOSED wind turbine would trick nearby Ministry of Defence radars into thinking planes were in the air, it has been claimed.

The 36.6m turbine, planned for Tops Farm, Cross Edge, Green Haworth, would be 21 miles from Warton Aerodrome, and would cause ‘unacceptable interference’ with the air traffic control radar there, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

The statement also said: “Wind turbines have been shown to have detrimental effects on the performance of Ministry of Defence air traffic control and range control radars.

“These effects include the desensitisation of radar in the vicinity of the turbines, and the creation of ‘false’ aircraft returns which air traffic controllers must treat as real.”

Several objections from nearby residents were also received by Hyndburn Council. Concerns included the ‘flickering shadows the turbine would create across roads, which could lead to accidents’, and worries about noise.

The farm, just south of Oswaldtwistle, is close to Oswaldtwistle Moor, which is dominated by 12 large turbines, known as Hyndburn Wind Farm.

It is a small, working farm that keeps sheep, and is set in sloping hillside, classified by Lancashire County Council as ‘moorland fringe’.

Chief planning officer at Hyndburn Council, Simon Prideaux, recommended in a report that the planning committee refuses permission when it meets on January 8.

The reasons he gave were the effect on air traffic at Warton, and the ‘inappropriate and therefore harmful development in the green belt’.

In November, permission to build a 34.2m turbine at the nearby Matt Bridge Farm was granted. And an application to erect a 77m turbine at Wooley Lane Farm in Baxenden was lodged with Hyndburn Council, while opinion was sought for a 35m turbine at Accrington Riding Centre, at Rothwell Mill Farm.

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3:36pm Mon 30 Dec 13

maxcollie says...

It depends how much you can bribe the council.Ask the ones who built the windfarm on Oswaldtwistle Moor.
It depends how much you can bribe the council.Ask the ones who built the windfarm on Oswaldtwistle Moor. maxcollie

4:21pm Mon 30 Dec 13

eastlancslad says...

Seems to me that the more reports we read about these windmills producing next to nothing, the more people want to build them on their land.
Do they think it's a get rich quick scheme?
The returns for the landowner for only one windmill of this size is pathetic. Given the maintenance costs, it will lose money!
Mind you, the installers of these contraptions will never tell you that...
Good luck at Green Haworth. You will lose money, **** up the radar, and make enemies of everyone who can see the chuffin' thing.
There's selfish delusion for you.
Seems to me that the more reports we read about these windmills producing next to nothing, the more people want to build them on their land. Do they think it's a get rich quick scheme? The returns for the landowner for only one windmill of this size is pathetic. Given the maintenance costs, it will lose money! Mind you, the installers of these contraptions will never tell you that... Good luck at Green Haworth. You will lose money, **** up the radar, and make enemies of everyone who can see the chuffin' thing. There's selfish delusion for you. eastlancslad

4:44pm Mon 30 Dec 13

the usher says...

What a load f rubbish!!! What about all the thousands of wind farms up and down the country and even in our own area. Why don't these affect aircraft? I've never heard anything so stupid. Typical comments of a politician; open your mouth before thing what you're saying.
What a load f rubbish!!! What about all the thousands of wind farms up and down the country and even in our own area. Why don't these affect aircraft? I've never heard anything so stupid. Typical comments of a politician; open your mouth before thing what you're saying. the usher

7:12pm Mon 30 Dec 13

iasiah fartwell says...

so they inter fear with the radar, but they are static, so think the radar operaters would know the difference, between a plane or a windmill
so they inter fear with the radar, but they are static, so think the radar operaters would know the difference, between a plane or a windmill iasiah fartwell

7:47pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Shorty Medlocke says...

It's a load of nonesense
It's a load of nonesense Shorty Medlocke

3:10am Tue 31 Dec 13

Mike Barnard says...

And there's a simple technical fix for radar that allows them to ignore wind turbines. Just because this DoD spokesman doesn't know about it doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

http://www.scotsman.
com/news/environment
/wind-farms-cleared-
for-building-by-3d-r
adar-1-3000866
And there's a simple technical fix for radar that allows them to ignore wind turbines. Just because this DoD spokesman doesn't know about it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. http://www.scotsman. com/news/environment /wind-farms-cleared- for-building-by-3d-r adar-1-3000866 Mike Barnard

6:43am Tue 31 Dec 13

denidenideni says...

you can't make it up, really, idiots
you can't make it up, really, idiots denidenideni

11:53am Tue 31 Dec 13

Spent up. says...

The MOD have used this argument before with another farmer living in the shadows of the existing wind farm. He wanted a small one to power his own needs. These guys are scratching a living and anything they can do to lower their bills should be encouraged.
The MOD have used this argument before with another farmer living in the shadows of the existing wind farm. He wanted a small one to power his own needs. These guys are scratching a living and anything they can do to lower their bills should be encouraged. Spent up.

5:04pm Tue 31 Dec 13

vicn1956 says...

I don't agree with the cost of subsidising these inefficient windmills. But if I was the farmer I would wonder at the duplicity of councillors. It's ok to put loads on the moor-how far away? but wrong for me!
Still-politicians-eh
!
I don't agree with the cost of subsidising these inefficient windmills. But if I was the farmer I would wonder at the duplicity of councillors. It's ok to put loads on the moor-how far away? but wrong for me! Still-politicians-eh ! vicn1956

7:34pm Mon 6 Jan 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Engage brain before putting pen to paper
Engage brain before putting pen to paper 2 for 5p ridesagain

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