Cash to buy Wellesbourne Airfield agreed by council

Wellesbourne Airfield looks like it might be heading into local council ownership.

Stratford District Council has confirmed it has set aside £1.125m in its 2019/2020 budget for the Compulsory Purchase of the airfield.

The current owners are trying to get planning permission to redevelop the airfield for housing, threatening the existence of the many businesses on the site.

The on-site businesses are in the final stages of an appeal against an earlier court decision which said that the landowners, Littler Investments, did not have to offer new leases. The appeal is due to be heard later this week on 17 January.

The council’s statement says: “£1,125,000 as a one-off sum for the Compulsory Purchase Order. The Council is committed to the continuance of aviation at Wellesbourne Mountford Airfield and has approved policies within the Core Strategy to achieve this aim and to help preserve industrial land in the district, of which there is a shortage.”

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Wellesbourne Airfield