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  • Report of £500m power station’s impact on airfield still to be revealed
  • Council to review the report yet its leader still hasn’t seen conclusion
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A REPORT that is likely to be decisive as to whether a £500m electrical power plant is built on a former navy airfield is being be kept under wraps.

Fareham Borough Council is still to make a decision on plans for the IFA2 interconnector, which is proposed to be built at Daedalus Airfield by National Grid.

This report is crucial and we all want to get our hands on it, but if Fareham councillors can’t get hold of it, then we won’t be able to.

Councillor Graham Burgess

The interconnector will export electricity to and import it from France.

A decision on the plans is being held up over the result of a report that the local authority commissioned this summer, in which consultant Arcadis was asked to investigate whether the station’s power cables would have an effect on aircraft landing on the runway.

According to both National Grid and the council, the report has been submitted, but its conclusions are still to be revealed to both councillors and the public.

Councillor Graham Burgess, who represents Lee East on Gosport Borough Council says that the report will be decisive.

He said: ‘This is crucial and we all want to get 
our hands on it, but if Fareham councillors can’t get hold of it, then we won’t be able to. It sounds to me as if the council may not be happy with the report they’ve received.’

The plans have received more than 1,000 objections from residents, with many residing in Gosport, Lee-on-the-Solent and Peel Common.

Cllr Burgess added that Fareham’s council needs to give its Gosport neighbours time to read through the report, when its published, ahead of the meeting on its decision.

Fareham’s council leader Sean Woodward said: ‘I honestly have not been able to see the document yet and, as landlord for the potential station, I want to have assurances from this report that the airfield would not be affected by it.

‘It’s why we commissioned the report in the first place.’

A spokeswoman for the borough council said: ‘We have commissioned our own independent technical advisers to review the technical work of the Arcadis report, which has been submitted by National Grid.’

A spokesman for NG said: ‘We are satisfied, from all the assessments we have carried out that there are no issues in principle that would prevent the interconnector co-existing with the operation on the airfield.’