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Wellesbourne Airfield appeal date set

Wellesbourne Airfield
Wellesbourne Airfield

A final decision on the future of Wellesbourne Airfield will be made on 17 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

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