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Former Airfields

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what planning guidelines exist in relation to land formerly used as airfields. (110891)

[holding answer 23 January 2007]: Planning Policy Guidance Note 13: “Transport” (PPG13), published in 2001, sets out the national planning policy framework for transport, including advice on how local planning authorities need to take account of aviation interests in preparing local plan policies and determining planning applications. In particular, PPG13 states that local authorities should

identify and where appropriate protect sites and surface access routes, both existing and potential (including disused sites), which could help to enhance aviation infrastructure serving the regional and local area; and

avoid development at or close to an airport or airfield development that would be incompatible with any existing or potential aviation operations.