MoD objection stops new turbine bid in its tracks

PLANS for a single wind turbine on the site of a village school have been withdrawn.

Northumberland County Council had applied to install the 23m high structure on land adjacent to Pegswood First School, saying it has an ‘excellent wind resource’.

But the authority will no longer be proceeding with the scheme following an objection by the Ministry of Defence.

In its letter, the government department responsible for implementing defence policies said: “The turbine will be 27.13km from, detectable by, and will cause unacceptable interference to the AD radar at ASACS Brizlee Wood.

“Trials carried out in 2005 concluded that wind turbines can have detrimental effects on the operation of radar, which include the desensitisation of radar in the vicinity of the turbines and the creation of ‘false’ aircraft returns.

“The probability of the radar detecting aircraft flying over or in the vicinity of the turbine would be reduced and the RAF would be unable to provide a full air surveillance service in the area of the proposed structure.”

There was also an objection to the bid from a local resident.

In the application documents, the county council said that the resulting environmental benefit of the 10kW turbine would be an expected reduction of 10.1 tonnes of CO2 per year from National Grid power station emissions.

Members of Pegswood Parish Council’s planning working group had approved the proposal when they met earlier this month.

Coun Peter Stonell said: “We don’t think the turbine would intrude on the village in terms of visual impact and noise.”