Fresh Legal Battle Looms Over Flights From Dunsfold Nr Godalming

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By PatHill | Thursday, May 24, 2012, 17:51

The owners of Dunsfold Park near Godalming are seeking to quash a recent planning inspector's decision to restrict flights from the site.

Now the move has prompted Waverley Borough Council to support the Government after Dunsfold Park Limited confirmed it is seeking to quash the decision.

Dunsfold has applied to the High Court to overturn the decision of the inspector who supported Waverley's view that unrestricted flights could not take place from the airfield.

After a week of hearing evidence, a planning inspector ruled in April that Waverley had been correct in its decision not to grant Dunsfold Park a certificate of lawfulness for unrestricted flights.

Cllr Bryn Morgan, councillor responsible for planning at Waverley Borough Council, said: "It is really disappointing this issue is being dragged out even further and Waverley intends to assist the Government in defending the High Court proceedings. Extensive research was carried out by Waverley before making its original decision and costly legal representation was then required at the appeal where an inspector supported our findings.

"I had hoped that following the conclusive findings of the appeal inspector we could work together with Dunsfold to agree uses for all parts of the site. The inspector made it very clear that the 1951 planning permission is the permanent permission for Dunsfold Park and this does not include the use of the airfield, either by itself or as part of the wider aerodrome, for unrestricted aviation activities.

"Waverley will be looking to develop specific policies for Dunsfold in the Core Strategy which was recently consulted on recently. For the park it would support any plans they have for the businesses in the future and for the local community this would hopefully avoid unacceptable impacts and reduce unnecessary anxiety. However, with another legal battle looming, it would seem clear future uses for the site, and certainty for the surrounding community, remain along way off."



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