AOPA Corporate member South Warwickshire Flying School, based at Wellesbourne Mountford Aerodrome, have advised me of an article that was carried in The Stratford Herald Newspaper this week. This is an extract from the article:
"Positive news about the future of Wellesbourne Airfield could be on the cards after the district council confirmed the landowners have come forward with ‘constructive proposals’ for the site.
A joint statement from Littler Investments and Stratford District Council doesn’t go as far as saying the airfield has been saved, but the council says the proposals are constructive.
The council is firmly committed to retaining and enhancing flying functions at the site, as stated in its adopted Core Strategy.
The authority is engaged in compulsory purchase proceedings to acquire the site, action supported by many tenants at Wellesbourne Airfield. This action was taken in reaction to the landowner’s plans to demolish buildings at the site and promote it for the development of up to 1,500 homes.
This week’s statement from the council and the owners comes at a time when airfield businesses have been engaged in a legal battle to extend their leases.
Yesterday (Wednesday) Take Flight Aviation and Warwickshire Aviation Ltd, the two remaining businesses at the site still taking legal action to extend their leases, were told that their appeal would not be allowed.
A spokesperson for Littler Investments said: “The owners of Wellesbourne Airfield are pleased yesterday’s Court of Appeal decision brings to an end the protracted process to resolve the legal status of the current tenancies.
“Despite the many public comments to the contrary, the owners’ approach has been found appropriate and lawful on three occasions; by a District Judge, the High Court and now the Court of Appeal.
“The owners have been unable to make any firm plans about the airfield’s future until the repeated legal appeals were concluded. However, we are engaging constructively with the council to look at options for the future of the airfield and hope these positive discussions will find the right solution for the site.”
A council spokesperson added: “We are engaged in ongoing discussions with the landowners in relation to securing the future of the airfield. Whilst these discussions are legally privileged and confidential at this stage, we are pleased the landowners have come forward with constructive proposals”."
Hopefully this will end positively. AOPA, together with the General Aviation Awareness Council, will keep our eyes on the situation.
I also hope that this potential outbreak of good news will carry across to Old Sarum Airfield.