Turbine plan is off the radar due to complication

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Plans for a 50ft-high wind turbine on Dunkirk Lane, Moss Side, have been withdrawn – despite gaining some support from the community.

Cheshire-based Renewable Solutions UK submitted the application on behalf of the landowners to South Ribble Council, but have now pulled the plug on the scheme before it reached the planning committee.

More than 100 letters of objection were sent to the council about the proposal, but two residents wrote in support of the idea.

Agent Mike Lowes said: “It was withdrawn due to concerns registered by the MOD (Ministry of Defence) over possible interference to radar at Warton.

“We did not have sufficient time within the planning authority decision schedule to work this through with the MOD, so have withdrawn the application in order to reserve the right to re-apply in the future.”

The proposal was to erect the turbine on farmland to help power the farm, and people in the area complained about it being a potential eye sore, and causing harm to the environment.

But in support, and responding to the radar issue, Bretherton resident Brian Ellis wrote: “The turbine at Garstang seems to cause no problems to radar and is bigger.”

Dorothy Kelk, from New Longton, added: “This is a small scale wind turbine designed solely for the use of the applicant in order to offset rising energy costs.

“Investing in renewable energy provides farmers and small businesses with vital additional earnings at a time when budgets have been stretched by the harsh summer and winter and by rising costs of raw materials.

“Objectors to wind turbines claim that this small turbine will spoil their views. Surely they should acknowledge that it is the farmers and agricultural businesses which are maintaining this natural landscape by working the land and keeping it safe for the next generation.

“We should be supporting, not hindering, their efforts to do this.

“All of us have a part to play in the struggle to reduce the impact of climate change caused by the burning of fossil fuels.

“Here is an opportunity to support a local initiative to develop clean renewable energy.”

Charlie Creen, assistant safeguarding officer for wind energy for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, wrote in objection to the plan: “Wind turbines have been shown to have detrimental effects on the performance of range control radars...which can result in aircraft not being detected by the radar and therefore not being presented to air traffic controllers.

“Controllers use the radar to separate and sequence both military and civilian aircraft, and in busy uncontrolled airspace, radar is the only sure way to do this safely.”