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save WELLESBOURNE AIRFIELD pictureSadly the latest news is that the planned fly in has been cancelled for safety reasons however you can still support Wellesbourne Airfield by signing the petition.

Pilots and supporters at Wellesbourne Airfield [ EGBW ], a former RAF station near Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, are fighting to save the airfield after the shock revelation the Little family planned to demolish all the buildings at the airfield. This was a blatant attempt to circumvent earlier decisions by the Council to reject a planning application by Gladman Homes to build 1,500 houses on the airfield. The Council supports the airfield and removed it from the Core Strategy plan, also refusing to re-classify the airfield as a development site. Demolition of the buildings, which does not require planning permission, would close the airfield bringing pressure to allow development of the site. Carol Vorderman a supporter of the airfield said “I think the threat of demolition from the landowners was a dirty trick.”

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Although the Council has stepped in to prevent demolition of the buildings, the Little family and Gladman Homes are still looking for any way to achieve their ultimate goal of closing the airfield and build a large housing estate on the site.

Avro Vulcan XM655 is located at the airfield as are a number of businesses which provide amenity and employment for visitors and local people. A group has been set up to help preserve the airfield for future generations and has received over 6,000 signatures of support on it's online petition. The group have a Facebook page, Twitter account and receive support from celebrities, the local paper and the Council.

Wellesbourne is home of Take Flight Aviation, Heli Air, On-Track Aviation, Wellesbourne Aviation Museum, South Warwickshire Flying School and The Touchdown Cafe. It is the 2nd busiest general aviation airfield in the UK and was voted the best light aviation airfield in the UK by the "Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association" last year.

As part of the campaign to save the airfield a fly in on Sunday May 21st has been organised which has already attracted over 200 aircraft and you can take part to show your support. Celebrities including Carol Vorderman and Matt Dearden from Channel 4’s Worst Place to be a Pilot have pledged to join the aviators touching down in Wellesbourne.

 

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Sign the online petition

Join the fly in here 

Visit the campaign website

The campaign Facebook page

Keep up to date with the Twitter account

The Stratford Herald newspaper Save Wellesbourne Airifeld page

Wellesbourne Airfield webpage

About Wellesbourne Airfield - Wiki page

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