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SDC will try to 'protect' Wellesbourne Airfield from homes

Stratford Editorial 12th Sep, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

COUNCIL chiefs have vowed to try and protect Wellesbourne Airfield from development.

Rumoured proposals to build around 1,500 homes at the site first emerged in March and were backed by the Littler family, which owns the airfield.

And although Stratford District Council is yet to receive a formal planning application from Gladman Developments, the group is understood to have sought advice from officers on its plans.

Campaigners Wellesbourne Matters are concerned the scheme could double the size of the village and want the site to remain as a base for flying schools and other businesses as well as the popular Wellesbourne Market.

And this week, Stratford District Council leader Chris Saint vowed the council would attempt to protect the airfield in the authority’s Core Strategy.

Speaking at a Cabinet meeting on Monday (September 8), he asked councillors to back proposed modifications to the document in a bid to protect Wellesbourne Airfield for “aviation uses” and support future flying-related development at the site, which has been used as an airfield since the Second World War.

The authority is preparing to submit its proposed Core Strategy to the Government’s planning inspector and it is hoped the modifications – based on representations received during the consultation process – will help bolster the case against development.

The final modifications – including those concerning Wellesbourne Airfield – will be discussed by Full Council at a meeting next Monday (September 15).

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