A PLAN to build 99 homes near Wellesbourne Airfield is being recommended for approval by council planning officers next week despite safety concerns and nearly 500 letters of objection.
The homes would be the first to be built to the north of Loxley Road, inside the area around the airfield, and pilots are concerned over the impact of flying.
Residents, too, are against the plan, because the site is outside the village boundary.
Wellesbourne’s district councillor Danny Kendall (Cons) said allowing the houses to be built would be “negligent”.
Expressing concerns about the “extremely close proximity of housing to the existing main runway of Wellesbourne airfield,” he warned: “I believe Stratford District Council would be highly negligent to allow any new housing so close to an increasingly active airfield and would consequently hold a good deal of responsibility should an accident occur there in the future.”
Cllr Kendall also said the views of residents had “simply been ignored when inconvenient to application for new housing.”
As well as 99 homes, the scheme put forward by Barwood Homes includes a supermarket, which has already been granted planning permission, and a car park with 732 spaces.
Despite the volume of objections, planning officers have recommended that a council committee grant the planning application at a meeting next Tuesday.
Case officer Gary Moss recognised there would be “some harm to the existing operations at the airfield.”
Pilots are worried that any engine failure during take-off or landing on the main runway could have a potential calamitous outcome if there were houses so close.
But Mr Moss said: “However, in weighing all the material planning considerations, particularly the lack of a five-year housing land supply, I have concluded that this harm is not significant or demonstrable such as to justify a reason for refusal when considered against the economic, environmental and social benefits that the scheme as a whole would bring.”
Stratford District Coun-cil’s east area planning committee are considering the proposal at Kineton High School at 6pm, next Tuesday.
The council has received a total of 479 letters over the plan.
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