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In 2003 an ‘administrative oversight’ led to the deletion of planning protection from all airfields so now every airfield is classified as a 'brownfield' site. As a result grass strips and very small privately owned airfields are being targeted by housing developers because of the major differences in planning regulation between 'greenfield' and 'brownfield' sites which makes planning applications much simplier.

National house building requirements placed on Councils by central Government mean these airfields are an easy target and are going the way of the Dodo, fast.


Ultimately this has already resulted in the destruction of significant areas of natural habitat within airfield boundaries, the urbanisation of valuable green space and the closure of the few remaining sites aviation enthusiasts can make use of.

The UK aerodrome network is regarded by DfT as an important part of the national transport infrastructure and there is strong evidence that airfield sites offer low-insecticide, low-herbicide, sanctuaries for plants, insects and associated wildlife.

A petition has been set up to demand a review of the brownfield designation of airfields in recognition of their economic benefit and importance as environmental “green spaces”, and that Government Planning Policy reverts to that previously in place.

KEEP AIRFIELDS GREENFIELDS - Review Airfield Classification

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