Lympne Airfield

 

Housing Development on Lympne Airfield – a Call to Arms!

Our Airfield has been sold to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government under the name of ‘Homes England’ for housing as part of its drive to bury us under 12,000 houses a.k.a. Otterpool New Town.

We have fought off threats to the Airfield five times in the last twenty five years as the succession of Planning Inspectors and the High Court have supported us.

We will fight this threat as a grass roots community as before and directly challenge the Government’s own officially stated reason for the creation of the Ministry of Housing quoted here from its own website:

“The Ministry of Housing, formerly the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has been formed to create great places to live and work and to give more power to local people to shape what happens in their area.” 

‘Homes England’ (The Ministry) has various powers of its own (e.g. compulsory purchase) but in the main it has to work through the planning system. Just like any other developer, it needs to seek planning permission from the local planning authority and, where it wants to influence the local plan, it has to make representations like any other objector.

We have registered our objection to the Airfield’s inclusion in the Local Plan which will be debated with the Planning Inspector at the Public Inquiry later this year.

To launch a successful campaign we will hold a public meeting at Lympne Castle on Tuesday 3rd April at 7.30pm to explain what we have to do and answer your questions.

David Plumstead The Friends of Lympne Airfield Association (see our website News Page) Tel: 01303 265737 email: thespouthouse@googlemail.co

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New threat to the Airfield

This is an urgent notice for all residents of Lympne concerning major Housing Development on Lympne Airfield.

The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has set up a quango/business which it has called ‘Homes England’ complete with Government money – our money – to buy Lympne Airfield from off-shore registered owners Phides/Somerston Estates as part of its drive to force through Otterpool Newtown.

It was hatched up without public consultation by the DCLG last September and is now being presented as a ‘fait a complis’

Our best chance of stopping this twin curse of the loss of our Airfield and our village is by immediately registering an objection with Shepway District Council (SDC) to any and all housing development on the Airfield referred to in the Places and Policies Local Plan (PPLP) and stating that you wish to give evidence to the Public Inquiry into the PPLP in due course.

But representations to the PPLP have to be registered with SDC before the end of this Monday – 19th -.  This can be done by email to planning.policy@shepway.gov.uk – and it is very important that you ask for confirmation of receipt of your objection by SDC.

 

For more information about this contact:

 

David Plumstead, Shepway Environment and Community Network (SECN) at this email address or telephone 01303 265737

 

 

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Lydd Airport Action Group

LAAG  members are concerned at the knock on effects that would be felt on the Marsh should Otterpool Newtown become a reality and the renewed threat it brings to Lympne Airfield.

In both our interests we are publishing this Press Release which adds to the record of highly questionable behaviour by Shepway District Council.  

             

Preserving  Protecting  Defending  Romney Marsh

 

Lydd Airport Action Groupwww.lyddairportaction.co.uk

 

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                                       Press Release:  Monday, December 5th, 2016

 

Kent Crime Commissioner urged to speed up delayed Police investigation into suspected bribes accepted by Shepway District Councillors

   

LAAG has written to the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott, urging him to take steps to ensure this case is given priority by the Kent Police. The case involves the reported giving of material undisclosed gifts to Shepway District Councillors by Lydd Airport ahead of the determination of its planning application for its large scale development in March 2010. 

 

The case arose from a 2011 High Court judgment (Neutral Citation Number: [2011] EWHC 354 (QB) – Case No: HQ09X00332) involving litigation between the former Managing Director of London Ashford Airport Ltd (Lydd Airport), Zaher Nicola Jeries Deir (Mr Deir) and Fahad Bin Saleh Mohammed Al Athel (Sheikh Fahad al Athel) – the owner of Lydd Airport and associated companies. 

 

There were a number of claims and counter claims by the respective parties in relation to Mr Deir seeking payment of unpaid directorship fees.  The substance of the claims against Mr Deir included that he misused his company credit card and incurred excessive expenditure. Some of the items challenged were items that Mr Deir said constituted gifts to councillors.  The judgment makes clear that there is evidence available and that the sums involved were material.

 

At the determination meeting on March 3rd, 2010, 66% of the 41 councillors present voted for LyddAirport’s development. This was in stark contrast to the 66% of local residents who voted against the development in the earlier referendum conducted by Shepway District Council. There was also strong opposition to the airport’s expansion from the UK’s main national environmental organizations and local opposition groups.

 

This case was first brought to Kent Police’s attention in February 2012, but it was April 2016 before theKent police confirmed that the matter was being investigated (case reference number ZY/035502/14 in the Police National Database).  The investigation is on-going.

 

High priority should be given to the solving of this case as years have passed since the gifts were allegedly made.  Valuable evidence is in danger of being destroyed as institutions are only required to keep records for prescribed periods.  Of more concern to local residents is the knowledge that many of thecouncillors present at the time are still in office, proposing and making decisions about equally controversial developments.  

 

 

Louise Barton

Lydd Airport Action Group

The Hook

Madeira Road

Littlestone

Kent, TN28 8QX

01797 361 548

blmbarton@aol.com

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Airfields of Great Britain Conservation Trust plaque

The County Members has been closely associated with our airfield for nearly a hundred years and as we have seen the 75th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain on Friday 10th July, the Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust donated a plaque which is mounted on the wall of the pub.
The plaque was unveiled and dedicated on Friday by Michael Stanford-Tuck, son of WW2 Wing Commander Roland Stanford-Tuck DSO, DFC& Two Bars,AFC British fighter and test pilot.
Many thanks to all who attended.

www.abct.org.uk
lympneairfield.com

Well wishers outside the County Members

Well wishers outside the County Members

David addressing well wishers

David addressing well wishers

Michael Stanford-Tuck shaking hands with Kenneth Bannerman

Michael Stanford-Tuck shaking hands with Kenneth Bannerman

Michael Stanford-Tuck Son of famous pilot  David Plumstead chair of The Freinds of Lympne Airfield and ABCTDirector General Kenneth Bannerman

Michael Stanford-Tuck Son of famous pilot David Plumstead chair of The Freinds of Lympne Airfield and ABCTDirector General Kenneth Bannerman

Plaque

Plaque

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The County Members and the Airfield

Avro 748 County Members - Copy

The County Members has been closely associated with our Airfield for nearly a hundred years and as we approach the 75th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain the Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust has donated a plaque to be mounted on the wall of the pub to commemorate that fact.

The plaque will be unveiled and dedicated on Friday 10th July at 6pm by Michael Stanford-Tuck, son of WW2 Wing Commander Roland Robert Stanford Tuck DSO, DFC & Two Bars, AFC., British fighter and test pilot.

The Battle of Britain in the air may only have lasted for a few months, but in 1940 it was the most important event in the history of England since 1066 and confirmed the ‘Great’ in Great Britain.

The heroic, self sacrificing actions of our fighter pilots during those crucial summer months saved our Island from direct invasion by sea and through Churchill’s stirring rhetoric gave our forbears the courage, optimism and determination that eventually won World War 2.

Our modest spit and sawdust Lympne village pub as it was will for ever form an integral part of the history during and between both World Wars and the many larger than life characters who flew from here.

All Airfield Association members are invited to take part in the event and enjoy a celebration drink afterwards. We look forward to seeing you there.

David Plumstead

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Planning refused on Lympne Airfield

poppiesMore than a year of campaigning, membership building, fundraising and many weeks preparing and then giving evidence at the Public Inquiry into the appeal by the Airfield’s owner/developer, the dedicated friends and members of the Lympne Airfield Association have been rewarded by the Inspector’s decision to refuse Phides Estates (Overseas) Ltd. appeal.

This has been the third attempt to bury our Airfield under concrete, tarmac and hundreds of boxes of Ticky Tacky in the last twenty years and it is our avowed intent that it shall be the last.

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