Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 2°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Woodbridge: Owners of Bentwaters military base insist it will not be used as civil airport

11:40 03 June 2014

Bentwaters - by Mike Page

Bentwaters - by Mike Page

Owners of the former Bentwaters military air base have denied flying will greatly increase if a new blueprint for the site is agreed – and say it will not become an airport.

shares

Bentwaters Parks says the seven heritage planes which do aerobatic displays, plus Carolyn Grace’s Spitfire, and a small number of light aircraft used by businessmen will continue to take off and land as at present.

However, the Bentwaters Campaign Group fears that the application will mean an increase in aircraft – leading to more noise – and that would have a huge impact on the tranquillity of the coasts and heaths area of outstanding natural beauty.

Planning consultant Steven Bainbridge, of Evolution Town Planning, for Bentwaters Parks, said there were no plans to increase the number of flights, which would be restricted by planning permission to an average of less than two flights per day.

He said: “People talk about this as being the thin end of the wedge and are worried about it getting larger,
but that is bonkers – less
than two flights a day is not
a money-making exercise that would attract someone
to spend billions of
pounds creating a civilian airport.”

He said the Planning Inspectorate had ruled the site was not suitable for an airport.

He added: “If you read the inspectorate letter it says the site is unacceptable for a civil airport – that was the issue they were being asked to address.

“They do not say there can be no flying.”

Mr Bainbridge said the heritage planes were operated by the same company to finance the care of the Spitfire and allow it to
carry on performing at displays.

He said: “The planes at the site take off, fly off to wherever they might be performing a display – other parts of the region – and then return later.

“When people have spoken of planes doing aerobatics
in the sky above the area, it
is other planes attracted here because of Bentwaters.”

Mr Bainbridge said the proposals for 960 air movements a year was a small part of the overall proposals for the 380-hectare former base, with the main issue being consent for uses for the majority of its near-200 buildings.

shares

5 comments

  • Anyone remember these thing taking off? Talk about disturbing the peace.

    60833753.UM_F4_takeoff_400

    Report this comment

    Michael Robledo

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • The people who are complaining don't fly on airliners to go away on holiday then ? ,because they fly over and make noise for somebody. And if they do jet off somewhere it makes them a bunch of hypocrites !!

    Report this comment

    milkyway

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • It's kind of ironic really that everyone is 'celebrating' the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings and yet the very aircraft that scored the the first Allied air-to-air kill on that day (the Grace Spitfire), is now fighting it's own battle for survival at Bentwaters. I guess 'Lest We Forget' doesn't apply here!

    Report this comment

    ghaynes

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • I guess the ppl that complain about a couple of planes flying about over there never lived there when there was two bases open and hundreds of planes taking off and landing there every day, im guessing that the ppl that have always lived near bentwaters and woodbridge are not the ones kicking up a fuss, having had the pleasure of growing up in the area i for one used to love hearing and seeing all the planes,i no in the past a few have complained about the spitfire at bentwaters but they should be proud of our heritage and lucky that they get the chance to see it flying over the skies of suffolk

    Report this comment

    maria stu

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Which means Suffolk will be the only county with-in the region with-out a civil airport, though Stansted is near enough for Holiday flights

    Report this comment

    zaax

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings, which rose from the ashes after a fire in the 1960s to become one of the world’s top concert destinations, has been sold.

The Legal & General office in Friars Bridge Road, Ipswich.

The first phase of around 140 job losses at the Ipswich office of insurance giant Legal & General will take effect from the end of this week, the group has confirmed.

The charity Wiggle-A-Thon at East Bergholt Sports Centre raising money for Age UK.

A group of well-dressed movers and shakers raised over £1,600 for Age UK Suffolk during this year’s Wiggle-a-thon.

Emergency services at the scene of an accident on the A134 at Fornham.

A driver has been taken to hospital in a critical condition with “head and crush injuries” after serious crash in west Suffolk.

Keira Dixon has her new glasses fitted by Wardale Williams branch manager Mark Thompson.

A 17-year-old girl with a brain tumour has launched an awareness and fundraising campaign to help others.

The Old Deanery care  home, Bocking near Braintree

Improvements have been made at a mid-Essex care home which saw former staff charged with assault following undercover filming.

Orford Road, Felixstowe

Two women were taken to hospital after crashing their car into a telegraph pole in Felixstowe.

NEWS Environment

Photograph Simon Parker



Professor Oliver Rackham amongst the ancient trees at Staverton Park near Butley



MyPhotos24 Ref - SP 010 Prof Rackham 8

Tributes have been paid to an inspirational Suffolk-born naturalist who became Britain’s leading woodland ecologist and landscape historian.

Stansted Airport.

Stansted Airport has committed to push for improvements to the A120 in Essex as part of its blueprint for the next 15 years.

Gordon Kinsey

Warm tributes have been paid to one of the founders and life-long president of Martlesham Heath Aviation Society.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages