Liverpool Airport Objects to University of Liverpool Wind Turbine Plan Because of Safety Concerns

    Wind Turbine at Liverpool Docks
    A wind turbine at Liverpool Docks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Liverpool John Lennon Airport is objecting to plans by the University of Liverpool to install wind turbines close to a historic walking route, because of serious safety concerns.

    Liverpool Airport, together with Hawarden Aerodrome in Chester, are opposing the university’s plan to install two turbines on land between Woodfall Lane and Cuckoo Lane in Little Neston.

    Both airports say the turbines will interfere with radar systems and compromise safety when aeroplanes take off and land.

    A Liverpool Airport spokesperson said: “It is a known fact that wind turbines located close to airports can impact on the airport’s radar equipment used to assist aircraft navigation, their take-off and landing.

    “Due to the location of this particular wind turbine, this will impact on the radar equipment and the safe operation at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. As a consequence, the airport has objected to this planning application.

    “There are some viable, proven ways to mitigate these issues. However, to date, none have been put forward by the developer.”

    A University of Liverpool spokesperson said: “We expect to receive an impact assessment report regarding this issue soon, which will be included in our planning submission for the development, along with a review of any measures that can be taken to mitigate potential problems.”

    The university withdrew a previous application just over a year ago after further surveys were requested by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

    The plan had over 300 objections at the time.

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