Panshanger airfield’s future bleak despite support in consultation feedback

PUBLISHED: 10:17 15 April 2016 | UPDATED: 10:24 15 April 2016

Panshanger Aerodrome in its heyday before it closed in 2014

Panshanger Aerodrome in its heyday before it closed in 2014

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Panshanger Aerodrome’s landowners have said despite 78 per cent of people wanting the airstrip retained, they still plan to scrap it.

Mariposa Investments and the Homes and Communities Agency detailed plans last month to build up to 1,000 homes on the Welwyn Garden City site, and also gave three options to potentially move the airfield.

Mariposa said none of the airfield relocation options, which were displayed beside bullet points outlining why the landowners thought they were unfeasible, received much support in their feedback.

They also said of roughly 250 replies, 22 per cent wanted no runway at the site.

The three options to move the airfield received seven per cent, nine per cent and 13 per cent approval.

However, an option to retain the airstrip at its current location, which was not displayed at the consultation, was by far the most popular choice with 49 per cent.

Despite being more than twice as favoured as its closest alternative, retaining the airfield at its current location is “not an option that’s available at the current time,” according to Mariposa’s spokesman.

“We are now quite clear that our approach is to pursue the housing-led development,” he added.

Lemsford Village resident Jane Quinton, who used to keep a plane at Panshanger, branded the consultation “shabby and manipulative”, and added: “I think the way it was presented at the consultation was designed to deliver them a result they wanted.”


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