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Wind farm plans shelved over airport concerns

10.02.08

Plans for a windfarm in Clydebank have been shelved because of objections from Glasgow Airport, a newspaper reports. The scheme involved having windmills on the hills above Faifley, but airport officials expressed concerns that the turbines would interfere with the radar systems of aircraft on approach.

The scheme for an environmentally-friendly energy source in the region has been in the pipeline for a number of years, and a company was recently brought in to carry out a feasibility study. Knowes Housing Association (KHA) in Faifley told tenants about its idea recently and asked for their views.

The housing association identified two possible sites - one near to Douglas Muir and the other a small farm - where the turbines could be housed. However, ground work has shown that the plans cannot go ahead in the short term becasue of a radar issue.

Pierre De Fence, KHA chairman, told the Post newspaper: ‘We have received responses from Glasgow Airport and the National Radar Authority saying that they object to the proposal on the grounds of safety and interference with the airport radar systems. It is therefore unlikely that we will proceed with a planning application at present.'

‘However, software is being developed that may mean that the radar problem could be resolved at some time in the future, if so we will re-visit the proposal.' If the project eventually got the go-ahead, the smaller site could have one turbine - standing at a massive 70 metres high - and three turbines could be built if the larger site was chosen, the newspaper reports.

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