News and Updates
While South Cambridgeshire District Council continues with its intention to build 3,500 new homes on Bourn Airfield, the Government's latest National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) document states that planning policies should "recognise the importance of maintaining a national network of general aviation facilities - taking into account their economic value in serving business, leisure, training and emergency service needs and the Government's General Aviation Strategy".
The Government's General Aviation Strategy is "to make the UK the best place in the world for General Aviation".
Grant Shapps, Conservative MP, Chair of Parliament's largest All-Party Group, on General Aviation (and previously Minister of State for Housing and Local Government) said in a recent interview that inspectors in local planning processes will have to put more emphasis on the value to society of general aviation. He seeks to reverse the current trend of airfields closing and is working with the APPG to educate MPs and local authorities on the importance of aviation.
If you are concerned about the loss of local aviation which would result from the closure of Bourn Airfield, contact local MP, Heidi Allen, e: firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out the government's planning policy for England, and includes new housing development.
New alterations are being proposed for a revised NPPF which aims to protect airfields and add them to the list excluded from the definition of previously developed land. These changes may come too late to protect Bourn Airfield from unwanted development but could help save other airfields similarly under threat throughout England.
The changes are proposed by the All Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation (APPG-GA). StopBAD supports these alterations and we encourage you to do the same. As they say, it can't hurt and could be helpful.
You don't need to be a pilot to take part in this consultation which is open to all. You can add your support by clicking on the link www.generalaviationappg.uk/nppf/
The APPG-GA is supported by by our local MP, Heidi Allen, who is a member of the group.