Kemble Airfiled : Enforcement Notice Is Served

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Kemble Airfiled : Enforcement Notice Is Served

Cotswold District Council has served notice of enforcement action on unauthorised flying operations at Kemble airfield.

The Council's Planning Regulatory Committee resolved to take the action at its September 20th, 2006 meeting after taking legal advice from independent barristers, following complaints from local residents.

In summary, Counsel's advice was that the principal established planning use of the airfield was for storage, repair and maintenance, and that flying activities should only be ancillary and incidental to those operations.

The Council stated today that the aim of the enforcement action is not to stop flying activity at the airfield, but to ensure activities that take place are regulated and authorised.

It said it had given the airfield owners ample opportunity to supply the Council with evidence that current operations did not need planning permission. The owners consider that existing operations fall within the historic established use of the airfield.

However, despite explaining its position, the Council has not received any planning application from the owners, nor have they sought a Certificate of Lawful Existing Use of Development (CLEUD).

Director of Development Services Andrea Pellegram said: "The airfield owners have been aware for a considerable period of time that we consider that some of the ongoing flying operations at Kemble are not authorised.

"The Council has been in protracted dialogue with the owners of the airfield. However, this has not yielded satisfactory results. As a result of unsuccessful negotiations, we now feel that the time has come to take action so that all interested parties, including local residents, owners, occupiers and operators, are clear about what activities are permitted at the airfield."

Dr Pellegram said that planning officers had met last year with representatives of the airfield owners to explain the possible courses of action open to them - to seek planning permission for continuing general flying activities or submit an application for a CLUED.

She said: "Despite our advice, neither a planning application nor a CLEUD has been submitted. As the local planning authority for the sites concerned, and for the benefit of everyone involved, it is our duty to bring this ongoing matter to a conclusion."

The enforcement action, to be taken under the Town & Country Planning Act 1990, will require the owners to stop the general flying activities within nine months of the notice taking effect.

Should a planning application or CLUED be submitted, the Council will consider the application(s) and evidence and has the option to withdraw the enforcement notice.

The airfield owners have the right of appeal against the enforcement notice.

Posted : 04/04/2007 14:44:27

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