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General aviation airfields recognised in the new National Planning Policy Framework

The Air League strongly  welcomes the governments recognition in its National Planning  Policy Framework (NPPF) of general aviation airfields and the need for their strategic and local importance to be taken into account in planning decisions and development plan policies.  However, government policy should also recognise the need to protect existing airfields from residents in particular NIMBYs new to an area who seek to close them down including the argument that aircraft make noise. We shall be pressing for this change in policy to be made as soon as possible by DCLG and DCMS.

The new NPPF is downloadable here.

In the picture: Wellesbourne Airfield, which has recently featured in the press over closure fears