‘Panshanger Aerodrome must not close’, say businesses

PUBLISHED: 16:22 10 September 2014 | UPDATED: 16:22 10 September 2014

Thousands of visitors descended on Panshanger Aerodrome for the last-ever revival day (Photos by Peter Sterling)

Thousands of visitors descended on Panshanger Aerodrome for the last-ever revival day (Photos by Peter Sterling)

North London Flying School

Businesses across Welwyn Hatfield have spoken up for Panshanger Aerodrome to try to stop it being converted to housing.

The North London Flying School has been told by the freeholder Mariposa Ltd to leave the airfield by September 20, but the residents’ group Panshanger People hopes to persuade the borough council not to earmark it for housing in planning guidance due for publication shortly.

In a report it commissioned, consultancy York Aviation has revealed several important local businesses are very supportive of the airfield.

For instance, Dan Perlet, a director of Hatfield mobile phone company EE, told the consultancy: “Any business our size employing a couple of thousand people, who have a HQ in Hatfield, would find the concept of an air taxi very attractive in both maintaining and enhancing our business in this area, as well as the number of people we employ.”

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