New homes will spell end for airfield

First published in Salisbury Letters

I AM pleased that the Support our Paras Day at Old Sarum Airfield was a success. Speaking as a local resident, many of us would like to see more of these days.

But many local people who turned up on the day felt that it was part of a PR campaign for the so-called “regeneration programme”.

One opinion given to me was that it was a day of wining-anddining for local and not-so-local politicians. The “regeneration programme” actually means “building as many houses as we can possibly get away with on the airfield site, and then selling them for as much as we can get”.

If the word “sustainable” is mentioned lots and lots of times, the chances are better for the plan to succeed.

And then the proceeds from the major new housing development will be pocketed, with some minor concessions that some of the money will be spent on improving the historic airfield features, such as the listed (though now dilapidated) hangars.

Most local people believe that once the proposed new housing estate is built there will then be an end to flying on the historic airfield site.

Never mind the Red Devils, I expect that all aviators and parachutists will find it a bit tricky to land near the new housing estate after the “regeneration”.

Phil Edmonds, Ford

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9:58pm Thu 22 May 14

Champers says...

Well said Phil. Sad that some of the powers behind organising such a worthwhile day are the same people pushing to cover the airfield in housing. Before anyone screams 'NIMBYs' please remember our parish has taken far more of its fair share of development. 500 houses at HP2, 750+ at Old Sarum and a further 670 at Longhedge.

Another example of Mr Cameron's localism? All very democratic until someone up the food chain decides otherwise.
Well said Phil. Sad that some of the powers behind organising such a worthwhile day are the same people pushing to cover the airfield in housing. Before anyone screams 'NIMBYs' please remember our parish has taken far more of its fair share of development. 500 houses at HP2, 750+ at Old Sarum and a further 670 at Longhedge. Another example of Mr Cameron's localism? All very democratic until someone up the food chain decides otherwise. Champers
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10:46am Fri 23 May 14

gingin says...

Well said indeed Phil, and "Champers" is correct our parish has had it's fair share of development and it's time to call a halt to anymore.

Wiltshire Council have a duty to protect the airfield as it is in a conservation area not willfully destroy it with more houses just because it is an easy option to box tick it's predicted house numbers!!
Well said indeed Phil, and "Champers" is correct our parish has had it's fair share of development and it's time to call a halt to anymore. Wiltshire Council have a duty to protect the airfield as it is in a conservation area not willfully destroy it with more houses just because it is an easy option to box tick it's predicted house numbers!! gingin
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5:43pm Tue 27 May 14

IanMcL says...

"One opinion given to me was that it was a day of wining-anddining for local and not-so-local politicians"

I am the most local of the politicians, as Old Sarum Airfield is in my ward. I was not invited, so was not wined and dined. I am a lost cause for the Airfield Management, so they saved their pennies! (Rightly)

However, the good news is that the Core policy of the Wiltshire Core Strategy, relating to the Airfield, is an enabling policy to permit only that development (if any) which is agreed as essential to implement the policy.

The policy is all about restoration of the Airfield and enhancing the Heritage offering, not making a profit for any developers.

WC (and me) have our eyes on this airfield!
"One opinion given to me was that it was a day of wining-anddining for local and not-so-local politicians" I am the most local of the politicians, as Old Sarum Airfield is in my ward. I was not invited, so was not wined and dined. I am a lost cause for the Airfield Management, so they saved their pennies! (Rightly) However, the good news is that the Core policy of the Wiltshire Core Strategy, relating to the Airfield, is an enabling policy to permit only that development (if any) which is agreed as essential to implement the policy. The policy is all about restoration of the Airfield and enhancing the Heritage offering, not making a profit for any developers. WC (and me) have our eyes on this airfield! IanMcL
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9:19pm Tue 27 May 14

Champers says...

IanMcL wrote:
"One opinion given to me was that it was a day of wining-anddining for local and not-so-local politicians"

I am the most local of the politicians, as Old Sarum Airfield is in my ward. I was not invited, so was not wined and dined. I am a lost cause for the Airfield Management, so they saved their pennies! (Rightly)

However, the good news is that the Core policy of the Wiltshire Core Strategy, relating to the Airfield, is an enabling policy to permit only that development (if any) which is agreed as essential to implement the policy.

The policy is all about restoration of the Airfield and enhancing the Heritage offering, not making a profit for any developers.

WC (and me) have our eyes on this airfield!
Well done Ian! It's good to know that they've still got a fight on their hands and WC hopefully won't just rollover as it has on previous occasions.
[quote][p][bold]IanMcL[/bold] wrote: "One opinion given to me was that it was a day of wining-anddining for local and not-so-local politicians" I am the most local of the politicians, as Old Sarum Airfield is in my ward. I was not invited, so was not wined and dined. I am a lost cause for the Airfield Management, so they saved their pennies! (Rightly) However, the good news is that the Core policy of the Wiltshire Core Strategy, relating to the Airfield, is an enabling policy to permit only that development (if any) which is agreed as essential to implement the policy. The policy is all about restoration of the Airfield and enhancing the Heritage offering, not making a profit for any developers. WC (and me) have our eyes on this airfield![/p][/quote]Well done Ian! It's good to know that they've still got a fight on their hands and WC hopefully won't just rollover as it has on previous occasions. Champers
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12:23am Wed 28 May 14

IanMcL says...

Let's get the airfield restored and enhanced for its centenary in 2017, not wrecked by further development.
Let's get the airfield restored and enhanced for its centenary in 2017, not wrecked by further development. IanMcL
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