Councillors unanimously approve 25m-high radar tower for Daedalus site

David Massey (81) from Warsash  

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PLANS for a 25m-high radar tower near the airfield at Daedalus have been unanimously approved by councillors.

Air traffic controller Nats’ plans were given the seal of approval by landowner Fareham Borough Council at a meeting in Fareham Civic Offices.

Concerns had previously been raised on the plans due to its proximity to people living in Bayntun Drive, in Lee-on-the-Solent.

Councillor Arthur Mandry, vice-chairman of the council, said: ‘It was absolutely the right decision to approve the plan. Air traffic control is essential and the fact that will be used as a training facility made it all the more easier for the committee to approve the plans.’

Houses in Bayntun Drive are going to be around 145m away from the site where the tower will stand.

Councillor Mark Hook, leader of Gosport Borough Council, said: ‘I have no objection to the plans. It’s down to Fareham Borough Council and I can see why they approved it as it fulfils an aviation requirement for the site.’

Nats, which has centres in Whiteley and Swanwick previously held consultations with residents on the project at Fareham Innovation Centre earlier this year in March.