[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Plan for turbine near County Durham airfield rejected over safety fears  

Credit:  Flossie Mainwaring-Taylor, Reporter (Newton Aycliffe & Sedgefield) | The Northern Echo | www.thenorthernecho.co.uk ~~

A proposal to build a wind turbine near a County Durham airfield has been rejected after it was branded “suicidal” for pilots.

Durham County Council’s planning committee today (Tuesday, July 26) voted unanimously to refuse the application for the 500kw turbine on land near Fishburn Airfield, near Sedgefield.

Councillors followed public opposition and a planning officer’s recommendation to give the plan the red light on the grounds of the site’s proximity to the airfield.

It was said that the “scale and nature would cause unacceptable aviation safety risks to users”.

Jeff Pike, of Fishburn Aviation, which runs the airfield, told councillors at County Hall, in Durham, that taking off and landing near an operating turbine would be “suicidal” for pilots – particularly as 50 per cent of airfield users fly lightweight planes that could not contend with the winds produced from it.

The Ministry of Defence and surrounding parish councils also objected to the proposal.

Source:  Flossie Mainwaring-Taylor, Reporter (Newton Aycliffe & Sedgefield) | The Northern Echo | www.thenorthernecho.co.uk

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.