Two years on and Redhill Aerodrome unauthorised taxiway work ‘discussions’ continue

September 14, 2018
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Redhill Aerodrome and Reigate and Banstead Borough Council (RBBC) are still in talks regarding work done on the airfield’s taxiway without planning permission nearly two years ago, according to the council at least.

The aerodrome’s manager said the last he heard about the unauthorised widening and resurfacing work was at the “back end of last year”.

The council has acknowledged the breach of planning control in October 2015 but nothing has been done, even following the rejection of the aerodrome’s retrospective planning application in October 2016.

One resident, Derek Burton, of Kingsmill Lane, has been complaining about flights over his garden and said he is furious about the taxiway work.

He said his complaints had not been addressed and added: “They had already changed the taxiway without permission even though there was a lot of objection to it. It really makes me furious.”

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The council has said it is still in talks with the aerodrome over the work that was completed without planning permission.

Darren Williams, deputy development manager for RBBC, said: “The council also advises that: since the refusal of the planning application, Ref: 16/01043/F, on 16.10.2017 for the ‘Engineering works to resurface, straighten and widen Taxiway C/D’ (retention of) the council have been and are in discussions with the aerodrome regarding the breach of planning control to seek resolution.”

Philip Wright, manager at the aerodrome, stated the last he heard of discussions with the council over the taxiway amendments was a visit from the planning enforcement officer at the “back end of last year”.

At the time the work was done on the taxiway, the aerodrome said it believed it did not need permission for the work but the council said it did.

Retrospective planning permission for the works was rejected on the basis the works would have the “effect of further urbanising” the character of this specific part of the aerodrome “thus failing to preserve the openness of the Metropolitan Green Belt”.

Derek Burton who lives near Redhill Aerodrome. the planes are constantly flying over his house which is not on the agreed flight path.
(Image: Grant Melton)

Mr Burton, 86, has complained to the aerodrome for a number of years about flights over his property, which is not under the published flight paths.

The aerodrome manager said it is true Mr Burton experiences a large amount of noise but there is nothing they can do about it.

“Where he is located he is going to get the noise. With the best will in the world, where he is it’s very difficult for it not to be a nuisance,” said Mr Wright.

“The thing with general aviation is that the pilot is responsible for where their aeroplane flies, within reason.”

Derek Burton claims he has been complaining of the issue for some time now
(Image: Grant Melton)

In diagrams reviewed by Surrey Live, Mr Burton’s property does not lie under the published departure routes. However, the aerodrome cannot enforce routes for pilots and the property does fall under expected routes.

Mr Burton, 86, said: “I’ve been living here for 40 years and the planes have never stopped flying over my house.

“Sometimes it can be 20/30 a day and sometimes it can be two or three. They do stop at night but it happens incessantly at the weekend.

“It’s particularly bad when the weather is good, over the heat wave it was non-stop. The biplanes make a horrendous noise. It really is terrible.”

Mr Burton said he was disappointed his complaints have not been passed on by the aerodrome to the council, but both bodies said this was not necessary.

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/two-years-redhill-aerodrome-unauthorised-15105569


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