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Flight fears over wind turbine plan  

Credit:  Ewan Fergus, Evening Times, www.eveningtimes.co.uk 22 March 2011 ~~

Plans to build a massive wind turbine in a Renfrewshire beauty spot have sparked safety fears for flights in and out of Glasgow and Prestwick airports.

The planned 85-metre turbine at Glenlora Estate near Lochwinnoch could also disrupt TV signals to 2330 homes, a report to Renfrewshire Council has warned.

Developer, Green Cat Renewables Ltd, acting on behalf of Tom Coakley of Glenlora Estate, wants to build an 800kW turbine on the estate.

The plan has drawn 264 letters of objection including one from the airports authority, BAA, warning that the plan would impact on the “safe functioning” of air traffic control.

A report on the plan to Renfrewshire Council’s planning board says BAA thinks the turbine would affect take-off procedures, known as “Standard Instrument Departures”.

The report says: “BAA has objected to the proposal because the proposed turbine is near to the extended centre line of Glasgow Airport’s runway. These are the routes which the majority of aircraft departing Glasgow Airport will take. Conversely, for aircraft approaching runway 05 for landing, a visible turbine on radar in this area would affect all instrument flight rules on arrivals.

“Both of these issues would mean aircraft having to be routed around the turbine.”

The report also says: “The applicant accepts that there is the possibility to affect the television reception of up to 2330 homes.”

Councillors will decide on the proposal at a meeting of Renfrewshire’s planning board today.

Green Cat Renewables declined to comment ahead of the meeting.

Source:  Ewan Fergus, Evening Times, www.eveningtimes.co.uk 22 March 2011

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