14 SEPTEMBER 2015
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Anyone involved or interested in UK general aviation is being urged to join a campaign to change the classification of airfields from ‘brownfield’ sites in an attempt to avoid them being used for future housing.
A petition has been started on the UK Government Petition website by Stephen Slater, shortly to become CEO of the Light Aircraft Association and also closely involved in the activities of the General Aviation Awareness Council (GAAC), which champions airfield protection.
The council says an ‘administrative oversight’ in 2003 led to the deletion of planning protection for airfields, as a result of which, it alleges, airfields are being closed by developers, breaking transport links and destroying significant areas of natural habitat within airfield boundaries.
Opponents of the situation say it has been compounded by a proposal by Chancellor George Osborne in the Autumn Statement to allow automatic planning permission to be granted for housing developments on designated brownfield sites. The GAAC says if this goes unchallenged, many airfield sites across the UK could be redeveloped into housing estates with little chance of saving them. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/106779
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