Council intervenes to block Warwickshire airfield redevelopment plans

A Warwickshire council has intervened to prevent the owners of an airfield from demolishing employment buildings on the site with the aim of redeveloping the airfield to provide around 1,800 homes.

Wellesbourne Airfield (pic: Tony Hisgett via Flickr)
Wellesbourne Airfield (pic: Tony Hisgett via Flickr)

A Stratford-on-Avon District Council cabinet meeting yesterday agreed to remove permitted development rights for Wellesbourne Airfield immediately and to enter negotiations with the owners of the site to agree the purchase it or consider the use compulsory purchase powers.

A report considered by the cabinet said the airfield is still in use and covers an area of 100 hectares.

The report said that the council is "aware of around 15 businesses operating from the airfield and it is reported that there are around 200 jobs associated with these businesses. If the site is developed for housing purposes, then these jobs will be under threat".

The document said that the site is owned by the Littler family who have entered an arrangement with developer Gladman Developments, "who wish to lose the airfield and redevelop the land predominantly for housing purposes, with the provision of c. 1,800 houses".

The report added that the site "is not allocated for this purpose within the approved core strategy of the council within the council’s approved core strategy".

Chris Saint, leader of Stratford-on-Avon District Council said: "I'm pleased that colleagues have unanimously approved this. It helps support the robustness of our local plan and should allow business operations of the airfield. Should they wish to demolish any buildings on site, the owners would now need to apply for planning permission."

Gladman was approached for comment but had yet to respond at time of publication.

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