Panshanger People have just commissioned these two reports by planning experts;
These demonstrate that Panshanger Aerodrome makes a significant and unique social, educational and economic contribution to the borough at present and could have a much greater contribution if allowed to grow in the future.
In addition, a study is currently being conducted by the Department for Transport into understanding the economic value of GA (General Aviation) in this country and how to support its future. This includes work aimed at retaining a strategic network of GA Aerodromes in the UK, especially in the South-East, which may help Panshanger. Changes to NPPF guidelines may help protect our airfields in future. See the article from Flyer here.
Both these reports cost money so please help us by making a donation
You can help us save the airfield by writing lots of letters and also by asking all your friends to do the same:
We now need to influence the Councillors who make decisions on the local plan and on planning applications. There are two key committees of elected councillors – the Cabinet Housing and Planning Panel who make the initial decision and the Cabinet who have to agree those decisions. We would like to make all these councillors aware of the value of Panshanger Aerodrome to Welwyn Hatfield Borough.
•Please download this letter here and send it to as many councillors as you can. Physical mail is preferable, but email also helps (please don’t cc them!) Do add your own words as well.
Write to Mariposa – download this letter here and change the middle paragraph to reflect your views
We have heard some heart-rending tales recently and we need to share them and make the council and Mariposa know how many people love Panshanger.
Welcome to Save Panshanger Airfield
Mariposa Investments Limited, the owners of the Panshanger site have decided that they will not renew the lease to the North London Flying school when it ends on September 21st 2014. Following the sad demise in March of Dame Phyllis Somers - the widow of Nat Somers, the original owner of the site since 1953 - the trustees have decided not to renew the lease.
This is a tactic to try and improve their chances of getting the airfield designated for housing in the Welwyn Hatfield local plan. But this local plan will not be finalised until the end of 2016 at least, so the site will remain abandoned for more than two years when it could have a vibrant business, supplying jobs and enjoyment in the area. It will not help them in planning terms, as the airfield’s planning permission will remain intact. If, as we hope, the site is dropped from the local plan, the opportunity to reopen the airfield still exists, it is just a shame Mariposa will not consider renewing the lease for two more years until the final decision is made.
Panshanger People with the support of the local and the aviation community will continue to campaign for its removal from the local plan and the reinstallation of an airfield here. The site is in an ideal location for a GA airfield with good transport links to North London and Hertfordshire and has remained buoyant throughout the recession. There are almost no airfields in the crowded South East which are not under planning pressures and if they disappear one by one, due to the short sighted action of local councils and the greed of land owners, GA in this country will die. Under more enlightened ownership and with visionary local planners, the airfield could support several small aviation related businesses as well as the flying school and be an asset to Welwyn Garden City.
We Need Your Money
We have commissioned work from Planning experts to help put our case to the local council and will certainly need more professional help in the future, all of which costs money. So please help us Save Panshanger for the future by donating to our funds on the Contact us page. The work we have already commissioned will cost £6300 and that is just the start.
Local Plan consultation November 2014
Welwyn Hatfield Council will be holding another consultation on the local plan in November this year at which people will be able to submit comments. We will post guidelines about the key issues to comment on in, so please sign up to our members email list and we will alert you directly. We want to make sure every comment is relevant and tells the council exactly why they shouldn’t build houses on the airfield site. We also want to demonstrate that the site has a commercial future as a thriving airfield and is an economic and social asset for Welwyn Garden City.
Write to Mariposa
If you believe flying should continue at Panshanger, please write to Mariposa to request that they renew the lease for another two years;
Mariposa Investments Limited
c/o Mr D Moon,