public inquiry into the re-activation of Finningley as a civil airport is due to start on
25th September in Doncaster, with final proofs of evidence due in by September 4th. The
GAAC has made a written representation on behalf of GA.
In supporting efforts to open the site as a civil
airport, the GAAC also encourages the inspector to consider the needs of GA in the area.
The concerns relate to a shortage of GA facilities, particularly after the closure of
Doncaster Airport by the local council 10 years ago. It states that nearby Humberside
already claims it is unable to cope with demand for flying training due to the growth of
Also of concern to GA is the need for more
controlled airspace which will inevitably result in a successful commercial operation at
Finningley. Adjacent airspace users will suffer severely if controlled airspace
requirements exceed the restrictions in place during the time that Finningley was an
operational RAF station. Such requirements must therefore be planned in conjunction with
other airspace users in the area. Past experience has shown that airspace concerns are a
material planning consideration and failure to raise this issue at this early stage will
make it more difficult to state the case for GA when controlled airspace is introduced.
Individual statements of support for GA,
quoting reference APP/F4410/V/01/000266 can be submitted to...
Ms Marcia Dean
The Planning Inspectorate
Room 3/17 Eagle Wing
Temple Quay House
2 The Square