COUNCILLORS are being recommended to approve two “golf ball” type radar stations to monitor Dong Energy’s massive offshore farm off East Yorkshire - despite villagers complaining they will be a blot on the landscape.
Around the size of a large two-storey house, they are first of their kind in the world and designed to help the energy firm better understand the efficiency of offshore turbines. But people have raised concerns about emissions and claim the 9.5m high structures, made up of a large round radome on top of a shipping container, will “trash the view.”
The temporary stations, seven miles apart at Tunstall and Holmpton, will be used to produce detailed maps of wind speed and direction over the Westermost Rough wind farm. The farm is the first in the world to make commercial use of giant 6MW turbines with 75m blades.
They will help work out how the 35 turbines perform and how their “wakes” affect others downwind.
Around 20 villagers have objected to the “monstrosity” appearing in a field in the small coastal village of Tunstall. Concerns have also been raised about how safe it is to expose people to emissions. But in its submission Dong says the stations follow guidelines for exposure to radiofrequency radiation and “no effect on human health is anticipated.”
Planners admit “some degree of visual harm”, but say the structures will only be there for 18 months. They recommend approval at a meeting on January 11.