University of Nottingham wind turbine plans look set to be turned down
PLANS for two 126 metre high wind turbines near Clifton look set to be turned down next week.
The turbines, off Lenton Lane, are two of three proposed by the University of Nottingham.
The other, next to the River Trent in Beeston, was refused permission in October last year.
Nearly 500 people responded to a consultation on the plans, with 207 in support and 269 against, with the main concerns being noise, the view, and the impact on wildlife.
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Terry Butt, 62, of Twyford Gardens, Clifton, was glad the plan looked like being stopped.
"I'm not against the idea of wind turbines at all – but these were too close to houses round here and far too big," he said.
"The flicker would have been an issue and I'm not surprised there were so many objections. I have lived here for about 30 years and it would have changed our quality of life a lot."
English Heritage objected saying the turbines would have a profound impact on the setting of Clifton Hall, and East Midlands Airport was concerned about the impact on radar systems.
An airport spokesperson said: "When receiving an application for wind turbines, the airport must look in detail at the safety implications this may have.
"This is especially true when the turbines are proposed to be under the flight path, and in this case, in controlled airspace that is used by a substantial proportion of the airport's traffic.
"It was deemed that the effect of one turbine would be manageable in this area, however any more would have created an unacceptable amount of clutter on the radar."
Clutter is a term for unwanted 'echoes' on radar systems in which the signal can bounce back from the ground and other surfaces. They can look like aircraft, causing confusion.
The city council's development management team has recommended the plans be turned down for four reasons:
The development would impact on a future residential site identified in housing plans
The impact on the airport's radar
It would be "overbearing"
It would have a "detrimental impact" on sport in the area.
The university has already said it will appeal against Broxtowe Borough Council's decision to refuse permission for the first turbine.