Plans for relocated runway and clubhouse at Panshanger airfield submitted

PUBLISHED: 15:06 16 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:12 16 February 2018

Panshanger Aerodrome from the air, Photo by Peter Sterling.

Panshanger Aerodrome from the air, Photo by Peter Sterling.


Plans for a relocated runway, aviation buildings and a clubhouse at Panshanger Aeordrome have been officially submitted.

The area in WGC is mostly earmarked for 650 homes as part of Welwyn Hatfield Council’s Local Plan, but space to the north has been left to enable provision of a runway.

The application has been submitted by Haim Merkado – a core member of Project Phoenix – which is a resident-led campaign aiming to reinstate a community airfield at the site.

In the application, Mr Merkado said: “The purpose of this outline planning application is to seek permission for the relocation of the runway and aviation-related support from the southern extent of the aerodrome northwards.

“This is to enable the co-existence of the proposed housing development to the south and the widely acknowledged important aerodrome.”

The proposals would create around 30 jobs, and would include relocating the runway and taxiways, as well as associated aviation facilities such as a clubhouse, hangers, external aircraft parking bays and a car park.

The runway will be 719m long, while two outbuildings will be 18m by 15m and the clubhouse will be 30m by 9m.

Mr Merkado said the car park will be capable of accommodating 36 vehicles, and the aircraft parking will be on land that already forms part of the aerodrome.

The runway will be a grass airstrip, which may involve some localised levelling, but it is on land already within lawful aerodrome use. Access to the site would be off Money Hole Lane.

Outlining the economic benefits, the application reads: “The revenues generated were quite significant and prior to its closure the membership of the flying school was increasing at a rapid rate.

“This is clear evidence of a demand for aircraft training and of the popularity of recreational and business-related flying locally.

“It is clear that the facility that was offered at Panshanger represented an economic benefit in the form of the quality of training and facilities that was offered.

“The proposals would provide links to the University of Hertfordshire with education in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).

“Educational relationships are therefore a social benefit.”

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