Reopening Panshanger Aerodrome for the community
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Panshanger Aerodrome on the outskirts of Welwyn Garden City was one of the most successful GA airfields in the UK and has been closed for three years. In October 2016, Welwyn Hatfield Council made a historic u-turn decision to amend their Draft Local Plan to include provision of an airfield at Panshanger with the following commitments:
“In addition, the Masterplan will allow the opportunity for a realigned grass runway on land to the north of the Green Belt boundary.”
“…, development at the site will be configured in such a way that the opportunity remains for the relocation of the grass runway to be provided on Green Belt land to the north of SDS1 [Panshanger development site]”
This pledge is under serious threat of being swept under the carpet in the interest of planners’ convenience.
The Green Belt area as it stands is of insufficient width at the centre of the site to support a runway compliant with CAA regulations.
We are a team of local experts with a vision to recreate Panshanger Aerodrome as a source of delight and pleasure for both local residents and the aviation community. Our mission is to ensure that the council fulfil their promise not only to the people of Welwyn & Hatfield but the general aviation community nationally.
Working closely with the University of Hertfordshire, we plan to support education, training and employment locally. Please sign our petition to ensure that the council keep their promise in providing the people with what they want - Panshanger Aerodrome back operational as a real community asset that everyone can be proud of.
Project Phoenix is an awareness campaign launched to demonstrate the support for the airfield both in the local community and elsewhere, to prevent the council from reneging on their commitment to providing for the continuation of an airfield by council inaction and inertia!
With broad public support, we will prevent this from becoming an opportunity lost to council inertia!
Panshanger will rise from the ashes, but in order to make this happen, we need YOUR support!
- Welwyn & Hatfield Borough Council
- Chief Planning Officer
Reopening Panshanger Aerodrome for the community,
We call on the council to include a positive policy in the local plan to enable the reopening of Panshanger Aerodrome.
We are dissatisfied with the council's ambivalence in this matter, and feel that we are being let down with empty promises as regards making suitable space available and inaction in rectifying the issue.
We believe that Panshanger Community Airfield, a community group, have the expertise and the vision to create a first class facility for the benefit of the local community and general aviation industry nationwide.
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