GAAC is the body recognised by the Department for Transport as speaking for GA on planning
If you've not heard
of the GAAC, or are not aware of what they do on behalf of GA, why not take a look at
their web site, or better still subscribe to their e-mail newsletter? The latest issue
summarises their work to include "...making representations to central government
to ensure that GA is recognised in relevant official circles and also responding to any
Government consultation documents that have a bearing on GA...monitoring County Structure
Plans, District Local Plans and even Local Transport Plans continues in the hands of our
Unfortunately after 10 years in their posts and
having "reached their dotage" the Chairman and Secretary have both
decided to take well deserved retirement at the end of October. As they write "It
is essential therefore that volunteers are found to keep the organisation running"
and "New brooms are needed to sweep away some of the cobwebs and inject some new
life into the organisation." If you feel able to volunteer your services to the
GAAC please do get in touch with them.
The newsletter then goes on to summarise some
of the current issues facing GA facilities and the invaluable work undertaken by the GAAC
in presenting the case in support of GA, including...
- The small
airfields research project - a three year study sponsored by the GAAC and supported
financially by the Department for Transport relating to the economic benefits of GA
aerodromes to the community.
- Airfield news including...
- Bristol Airport allowing grandfather rights to
existing GA users who were previously under notice to vacate;
- With 3,550 objections Rochester is laying claim
to be the subject of the biggest protest to a planning proposal in Britain this year;
- North Weald under threat from housing
- Hard runways are to be layed down at
Sherburn-in-Elmet and Sywell;
- Lawful Development Certificates being sought by
East Haxted and granted to Rush Green;
- Thirleby Fen seeking planning permission for a
- The Blaenau Gwent Structure Plan embodies word
for word the GA planning policy proposed by the GAAC.
- Since the AGM in April the GAAC Planning
Coordinator has handled a further 7 Structure Plans, 9 Local Plans, 14 UDPs and 4 other
- The availability from the GAAC of the Planning
and Operational Guidance for Flying Sites, an AOPA produced summary paper for the benefit
of aerodrome operators and owners (potential and existing). It looks at the
establishment of new sites, proposed changes to existing operations, Lawful Development
Certificates, planning applications, appeals and enforcement matters.
- News of the GAAC's correspondence with the
Minister for Aviation asking that "...central government should be more involved in
the provision of a national network of GA aerodromes". This concludes with the
observation that "...further educational effort is required to get the message
through to a Government that is committed to an integrated transport policy that a network
of aerodromes for the UK is part of the national transport infrastructure."
To view the full version of the July newsletter
from the GAAC, and receive future GAAC newsletters by e-mail, see the news section of
their web site at www.gaac.co.uk.