November 9, 2011
Lancashire Evening Post, www.lep.co.uk 9 November 2011
Plans to build four wind turbines on land close to homes in South Ribble could be blocked due to interference with military radars.
Defence giant BAE Systems has lodged an objection to the proposals submitted by businessman Harry Sutton to build the turbines on land he owns off Wham Lane in Little Hoole, near Leyland.
It has claimed the turbines will interfere with jets which fly over to get to its aerodrome at Warton, near Preston.
Dave Higginbottom, head of aerodrome services, safety and compliance at BAE’s site at Warton, has written to South Ribble Council to confirm its objection to the proposals.
He said: “In our case this would be unacceptable as the position of the turbines would lie directly beneath the flight paths where our aircraft would be vectored using the radar.
“Interference would not be acceptable in that area.”
The number of objections to the proposals, which are due to be heard by the council’s planning committee in the new year, is now more than 200.
Cathy Roper, a spokesman for the Protect Little Hoole group founded to object to the plans, said a petition of 75 names had been submitted and a separate petition with more than 90 names was due to go into the council.
She said: “None of the people who have objected are activists, we are just people concerned about both the health implications and the implications on green belt land.”
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