Defence chiefs object to windfarm plan

Defence chiefs are objecting to controversial proposals for a west Cumbrian windfarm. The Ministry of Defence fears that the five 105m turbines planned for Fleeter Wood, between Dearham and Tallentire, could interfere with radar equipment.

Officials have written to Allerdale planning chief Ric Outhwaite, claiming the structures would stop the Royal Air Force from providing a full air traffic control service in the area.

And although developer Novera Energy claims to have technical details that would quash their concerns, the MoD said that until it was analysed, the scheme should not go ahead.

Those objecting to the development have welcomed the military's intervention.
Margaret O'Hare, of the Tallentire Action Group, said this objection was a matter of national consideration and it was inconceivable that any more building could be carried out before there was a full public inquiry into security and the safety of Sellafield.

The Fleeter Wood proposals have been on display this week to give people a chance to view them and make their opinions known.

Image: The planned windfarm in west Cumbria has raised concerns at the Ministry of Defence

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