Leyland residents have spoken of their relief after discovering a wind turbine will NOT be erected near their homes.
Unities Utilities (UU) had expressed an interested in installing a 79m high wind turbine at its Wastewater Treatment Works site off Emnie Lane, near Leyland Lane.
South Ribble Council passed plans last year for a 50m ‘test’ meteorological mast to be installed for a two-year period, for UU to determine if wind power is a sustainable source of renewable energy in the area.
But after being up for just three months, the test turbine has now been taken down, and the company has confirmed it will not be pressing ahead with the longer term plans for a more permanent, larger structure.
A spokesman cited ‘potential aviation issues’ as the reason.
Gregor Hogarth said: “United Utilities is looking at a number of our sites across the region to see if they would be suitable locations for wind turbines.
“Our Wastewater Treatment Works in Leyland was identified as one such site.
“Unfortunately, due to potential aviation issues, we will not be progressing our plans to locate a wind turbine on the site at this time.”
Neighbours in the area, who fought against the plans over concerns of noise and light disruption, are pleased at the result.
Angela Edney, from Leyland Lane, said: “Thank heavens for that.
“When the mast disappeared everyone was pleased but we did wonder what was going on.
“Wind turbines affect radar on aeroplanes, and there are a lot of test flights from BAE at Samlesbury over here.
“A lot of people were against it, I’m so pleased they’re not going ahead with it.
“We’re against wind turbines full stop, but when we started looking into it properly when these plans went in, it was frightening.”
Her husband Robert added: “I’m very relieved. I definitely think this is the right decision.
“The test turbine just looked like a radio mast and it was less of an eyesore than I though it would be, but the 79m one would have been a completely different story.”
The spokesman for United Utilities explained that further feasibility studies were carried out whilst the mast was up, and one of these was a ‘radar line of sight’ study, which identified that both Blackpool Airport and BAE Warton would be likely to ‘see’ the turbine on their respective radar systems, and would ‘therefore potentially object to the development’.
He said it was felt in this case the chances of a successful planning application for this size of turbine would be ‘unlikely’, so the test mast was taken down to be re-used on another site.