AS OF 4.45pm today, Old Sarum Airfield ceased operations, with aircraft owners leaving the site.

The airfield announced its closure plans in the summer, after a planning inspector turned down an appeal by Old Sarum Airfield Limited against Wiltshire Council after the authority refused planning permission to build 462 homes and create a “flying hub”, complete with a heritage centre, visitor centre, restaurant, and new control tower at the site.

This prompted director Matthew Hudson to issue a letter explaining his company’s “seven-figure losses”, which led him and fellow bosses to make the decision to close the airfield.

The closure potentially affects GoSkydive and Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC).