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MoD objects to wind farm plans

Aviation experts are set to clash over the impact a proposed wind farm at Routh, near Beverley, could have on radar installations.

Twelve huge turbines could endanger aircraft flying over the region, a public inquiry into the controversial development will hear on Tuesday.

Wind farm business RidgeWind Ltd is appealing against East Riding Council’s refusal to allow the development at Hall Farm in Routh.

The eight-day inquiry started at the council’s offices in Skirlaugh on Tuesday, and will finish next Friday.

In a Ministry of Defence statement, Squadron Leader Neal Henley said he believed the turbines could interfere with radars which were vital in guiding aircraft and identifying potential threats.

He explained the Air Surveillance and Control System (ASACS), which uses the radars, helped avoid mid-air collisions.

RidgeWind will also be producing aviation experts to challenge the MoD’s opposition to the plans.

The inquiry has already heard objections from East Riding Council, Routh residents, Beverley Civic Society and the local Ramblers’ Association.

Witnesses have also been heard for RidgeWind, which is proposing to build the 100m-high turbines on land at Hall Farm.

Planning inspector Chris Frost’s decision is not expected until autumn.

This Is Hull and East Riding Mail

5 July 2008