NATS offers a range of pre-planning services, which mirror those carried out when you submit a full planning application. They will help you determine at an early stage whether there is likely to be an aviation objection to your wind farm. This can save you a considerable sum of money and provide a clear way forward.
There are normally two civil aviation consultees who may object to your planning application:
Depending on the location of your intended development, you will often need the consent of both NATS En-route and the relevant airport authority in order to proceed through planning. They will make their decision after carrying out the relevant assessments as shown in this table.
|Consultee||Assessments that may be required|
|Airport||Airport Technical||Airport Operational||OLS||IFP/ATCSMAC|
|NATS En-route||En-route Technical||En-route Operational|
This looks at radar line of sight to determine whether or not your development would be likely to produce returns on any radars. It also assesses the potential impact on communications and navigation equipment.
This takes the results of the technical assessment and passes them to the operational units that use the assets. The unit assessors decide if the proposal might have an impact on the specific operational criteria in place at that unit.
This looks at the physical safeguarding of an airport and the protection of various surfaces. In general, the OLS assesses surfaces up to 15km from a runway. It is designed to ensure that obstacles do not prevent normal airport operations. (More information on this can be found in CAA publications CAP 738 and CAP 168.)
This assessment checks the effect that obstacles might have on the Instrument Flight Procedures and the minimum levels that can be allocated under radar control at the airport. If there is an impact on these procedures it can have a significant effect on operations.
NATS can run through all the assessments shown above at the pre-planning stage. This will give you a detailed view of the likely outcome of any full application – saving you considerable sums of money and informing your planning and decision-making. It will also give you the confidence to proceed in the knowledge that:
Note that for airport assessments, the airport authority will ultimately decide on whether to lodge an objection. NATS only provides them with technical and operational advice (TOPA). The TOPA report will give you NATS’ position at that time, but any recommendation is not guaranteed to result in a no-objection when the proposal is submitted to planning.
NATS offers the following three pre-planning packages. Each report includes a statement of the likely NATS advice to the airport authority, in terms of objection or no objection, should the proposal proceed to planning at that time.
We can also provide you with OLS and IFP/ATCSMAC assessments.
The contents and availability of assessments at certain airports differs according to the airport safeguarding processes.
You may also need OLS and IFP/ATCSMAC assessments as well as the TOPA assessment. If this is the case, please contact us to discuss the situation.
We hope to expand our range of pre-planning services to more airports in the near future.
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