Letter to the Clerk of the Committee from
Sharon Wroe, HCDC Liaison Officer at the Ministry of Defence
I am replying to your letter of 24 May concering
planning applications for wind generation projects.
I should make it clear at the outset that the
MOD's Defence Estates organisation does not usually at any point
deal with planning applications. The normal process is for individual
companies to submit a planning proposal to MOD Defence Estates
in the earliest stages, allowing the company to gain information
about whether any objection will be raised, without the cost of
submitting a planning application.
(a) MOD has objected to one planning application
for a windfarmthe name of the site was Hirrdywell in Wales.
I am able to provide details of planning proposals which MOD has
objected tothese are attached at Annex A.
(b) Since MOD sees all applications at the
proposal stage, rather than at planning application, we only hold
records of proposals to which no objection has been raisedthese
are attached at Annex B.
(c) The criteria used by MOD for deciding
whether to lodge an objection to a wind planning application varies
from site to site as each proposal is scrutinised by a number
of technical experts each with their own specialism including
Airfield Radar, Air Defence Radar, Met Office Radar, Low Flying
and Communications Links. Any objection from any one of these
will normally result in an objection raised by Defence Estates
on behalf of the MOD.
(d) The capacity details are not recorded
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