Airstrip is located within the Shawbury MATZ. The owner was recently invited to apply for
planning permission for a change of use from agricultural to private airstrip. This appeal
is made in the context of a "sensationalist report indicating that the strip would be
made available for 'public use' and using language designed to incite opposition to the
plan" printed in the local evening paper. Within a week an opposition action group
had been formed and local residents were being badgered to sign petitions. Letters of
objection from residents up to 5 miles away were sent to the planners and reasons were
based mainly on hysteria and non-factual information. Latest information indicates that
the council has in excess of 60 letters opposing the strip, so a positive counter
statement is very important.
owner is requesting letters of support to be written in the next day or two, and has
issued the following appeal...
"In order to enable planners to properly assess the application it is important for
supporters to make their views known...I am therefore asking for your help by requesting
you send a letter of support to the Local Planning Authority. Reasons for your support
should be given and may include:-
- No other grass strips of this type in the local area;
- Strip is operated in a safe and considerate manner;
- Larger G.A. airfields in the area are tending to squeeze out light aircraft in favour of
business and commercial traffic;
- Superb location, being in a relatively lightly populated area."
The address to write to is...
Area Planning Officer
Telford & Wrekin Council
P.O. Box 212
The reference to quote is...
Sherlowe Airstrip W2001/0996
support need not be long or involved. Simply state politely and in your own words your
support for the strip and your reasons why. This will go a long way to redressing any
false and negative impessions given to the planners by the opposition campaign.
strip has "operated successfully for over 2 years with no problems from neighbours
and received many compliments and messages of commendation." In September the Local
Planning Authority invited the strip owner to apply for permission to formally change the
use of the land from agricultural to a private airstrip. This was instigated as a result
of a neighbour reporting the strip for exceeding the '28 day rule'. Discussions with the
Planning Officer indicated no problems for this to be done and the application was duly
submitted. Hence the planning battle now underway.
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