Stratford District Council is going ahead with its plan to carry out a Compulsory Purchase Order for Wellesbourne Airfield.
The council cabinet has approved a report giving authority to make, confirm and implement a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) to acquire the airfield.
Councillor Lynda Organ said, “This is the next major milestone in the Compulsory Purchase Order process. Negotiations have been ongoing with the owners, which is all part of the CPO process, for the voluntary acquisition of the Order Land.
“However after today’s decision the CPO will now run in parallel to the negotiations in order to guarantee acquisition of the land and safeguard its operational use. The Order Land is an important employment site, of which there is a shortage within the District, supporting a number of local jobs.”
The council has been negotiating with the landowner about the possible voluntary sale of the land – a legal requirement before any CPO can be launched.
It has also investigated how the airfield would be managed in the future. Consortia that could operate the airfield in partnership with the District Council to provide a financial return have already been identified.
The District Council’s budget for the next financial year next year (2019/20) has approved funding to cover the legal costs associated with the Compulsory Purchase Order and support a key part of the District Council’s adopted Core Strategy of committing to supporting aviation activity at Wellesbourne Airfield.
Also in the recent budget consultation, 61% of respondents supported the District Council’s proposals for Wellesbourne Airfield.