A303 Sparkford to Ilchester Dualling

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A303 Sparkford to Ilchester Dualling

Received 19 October 2018
From Defence Infrastructure Organisation

Representation

The location for the proposed development occupies the any development aerodrome height, birdstrike and technical statutory safeguarding zones surrounding RNAS Yeovilton and the birdstrike statutory safeguarding zone surrounding Yeovil Airfield.
In order for the appropriate assessments to be made to safeguard military radar and maintain air safety at the airbases, the MOD would require further information regarding the Above Ground Level (AGL) heights of machinery if piling is required for the proposed borehole drilling and also the details of any cranes or other tall pieces of equipment used during the construction of the road.
The application site is within the birdstrike safeguarding zone, therefore any water bodies within this zone which could attract birds would be of concern to the MOD. The applicant should consider this when progressing the proposal and any water bodies should be designed in a way so they do not become an attractant to birds.
There are plans for five ponds to contain permanent standing water along the route of the proposed dual carriageway. The MOD has concerns these open bodies of water would potentially increase the risk of birdstrike to military aircraft operating around RNAS Yeovilton and Yeovil Airfield. Therefore, we would require further information regarding the function and design of the ponds as this proposal progresses.
In summary, with regards to the concerns identified above, please could DIO Safeguarding be consulted at any future planning / application stage of this development proposal.