Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4043 posts, RR: 52 Posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2604 times:
The wonderful John Prescott is planning to change the definition of Airflields to "brownfield" sites under UK planning guidelines. This means that ANY airfield with a building on it could be sold off for housing development and local councils would be powerless to do anything about it. However fast action is needed as the deadline for action is the 27th February 2006.
Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4043 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2536 times:
This could be devestating for general aviation if the bill slips in through the back door. Not only aould it mean the loss of thousands of jobs, there would be less options for people to learn to fly, making an already expensive pass time even more expensive - and I'm sure there are lots of people on here who will probably be learning to fly in the future.
"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
It is making it easier for developers to dangle a carrot at the land owners to entice them to sell, so the developers can then have an easy ride to build houses on the sites as the airfields are often in nice rural locations and have little if any pollutants that need to be removed from the sites thus meaning more profits for the developers.