Wellesbourne Airfield appeal date set

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Wellesbourne Airfield

A final decision on the future of Wellesbourne Airfield will be made on 17th January, when a legal appeal by the tenants will be heard.

Back in June judge Richard Haydn Williams ruled that Littler Investments, who own the airfield, were not required to offer new leases to businesses at the site, effectively meaning they would have six weeks to leave.

The businesses were quick to challenge that verdict and their appeal is set to be held in January.

Businesses at Wellesbourne Airfield are fighting to prevent the landowners, from demolishing buildings at the site and selling the land for the development of up to 1,500 homes.

Since the court ruling in the summer Stratford District Council have begun a process of compulsory purchase to acquire the airfield to safeguard its long-term future.

The move reinforces the authority’s determination to uphold its adopted Core Strategy, which stipulates that flying functions at the airfield should be retained and enhanced.

However the compulsory purchase procedure this does not protect the airfield in the short term and the businesses need the appeal to go their way to stand any chance of staying.

A crowdfunding page to provide funds for the businesses appeal process has so far raised almost £39,000, and campaigners are still pushing to reach their £100,000 target.

To visit the crowdfunding webpage visit https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/savewellesbourneairfield

  • BobCBob

    just leave the owners to do what they want with THEIR land!!! – nobody, but the owners, have a right to use this land!!!

    • JD Hogg

      You don’t think that the addition of 1,500 totally unnecessary, hideously ugly (see current development on the site) and poorly constructed houses is something for locals to object to?

      • BobCBob

        This article has nothing to do with the locals, its about the businesses! As for the development, the locals have a right to object. However, if permission is ever granted they will have to accept that and move. People can not expect everything to remain the same forever.

  • bran

    I still don’t get why SDC is involved with an airfield.

    • BobCBob

      Exactly. They must have better things to spend their time and money on. However, they made a statement in their core strategy to keep the public happy and they are now having to back that up.