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MoD fears for air travel if turbines plan is approved  

Credit:  West Briton, www.thisiscornwall.co.uk 19 January 2012 ~~

The Ministry of Defence has voiced concern over the effect three proposed wind turbines may have on radar at RNAS Culdrose.

Many locals are also calling for the 34.3m turbines, planned at Lower Nancrossa Farm, Rame, between Helston, to be rejected.

In a statement to Cornwall Council’s planning department, the MoD said: “The turbines would cause unacceptable interference to the ATC (air traffic control) radar at RNAS Culdrose.

“Wind turbines have been shown to have detrimental effects on the performance of MoD ATC … radars.

“These effects include the desensitisation of radar in the vicinity of the turbines, and the creation of ‘false’ aircraft returns, which air traffic controllers must treat as real.

“The desensitisation of radar could result in aircraft not being detected by the radar and therefore not presented to air traffic controllers.”

The MoD added maintaining situational awareness of all aircraft movements within the airspace was crucial to achieving a safe and efficient air traffic service, and the integrity of radar data was central to this process.

“The creation of ‘false’ aircraft displayed on the radar leads to increased workload for both controllers and aircrews, and may have a significant operational impact.”

There has been no comment as yet from RNAS Culdrose itself in the council’s consultation document.

Many residents said they were not notified of the application from Glasgow-based The Green Company.

Constantine, Wendron and Stithians Parish Council has objected, stating the scheme would have an “adverse effect” on the community and nearby.

‘Significant’

Ted Venn, of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said it would be close enough to make “a significant impact” on the nearby Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Many of the residents felt the proposal was more about profit than local benefit.

Rogan Hart added: “My main concern is related to potential health risks. There is a mounting body of evidence that anyone living within close proximity will suffer ill health.”

However Steve Bacon said in public comments invited by the council: “We should be supporting renewable energy schemes wholeheartedly.”

Source:  West Briton, www.thisiscornwall.co.uk 19 January 2012

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