EXPERT consultants have been brought in to study a former navy airfield due to fears that a proposed £500m electrical power station could affect aircraft using its landing strip.
Arcadis have been appointed by National Grid to ease concerns that the energy provider’s prospective plans for the IFA2 development in Daedalus would lead to risks for aircraft using the airfield.
I made it clear to National Grid from day one of discussions that we would not allow anything to be built at Daedalus that would adversely affect the future of the airportCouncillor Sean Woodward
Aviation manufacturer Britten-Norman (BN), who rents hangars at the Daedalus site, has submitted objections to the planning application due to the safety concerns and their comments have been supported by the Ministry of Defence.
Arcadis will carry out an assessment of the land from now until September and provide a report to Fareham Borough Council, who’s planning committee will make a decision on the plans later on that month.
Morris Bray, who has worked on the project at National Grid, said: ‘This independent assessment should help provide reassurance that our proposals won’t affect the council’s vision for Daedalus, including its continued use as an operational airport.’
Stef Scannali, head of safety risk management at Arcadis, said: ‘We’re delighted to be supporting National Grid and Fareham Borough Council on this vital project.
‘We will be working to assure the safe development of the new interconnector whilst allowing the airport to remain safe and fully operational.’
BN have said that they are concerned as one of the proposed station’s six high voltage cables will run under the runway and that there is little evidence to say it would not affect aircrafts.
Councillor Sean Woodward, leader of Fareham Borough Council added: ‘I made it clear to National Grid from day one of discussions that we would not allow anything to be built at Daedalus that would adversely affect the future of the airport.
‘We will need evidence ahead of any decision being made.’
National Grid’s application has provoked significant public debate amongst residents in recent months.
Gosport Borough Council decided in a meeting on Wednesday that it unanimously opposes the plans.