Council asks for views on future of Filton Airfield

Posted on Monday 3rd October 2011 at 12:39 pm by SH (Editor)

The future of Filton Airfield

Local people are being urged to share their views on the future of Filton Airfield, which has been scheduled for closure by owners BAE Systems by the end of 2012.

South Gloucestershire Council has launched a new series of public exhibitions to find out what people have to say about both the proposed closure and the future of the 348-acre site.

The exhibitions, which begin today, Monday 3rd October, will explain the reasons given by BAE Systems for the planned closure, as well as summarising the feedback the council has received from earlier consultations.

They will also provide further opportunities for local people to comment on the proposed closure and the implications for the future planning of the area.

South Gloucestershire Council Executive Member for Planning, Transportation & Strategic Environment Brian Allinson said:

“Filton Airfield has tremendous significance for the people who live and work in South Gloucestershire and neighbouring areas and it is important that we hear everyone’s views on the proposed closure and the future of the site.”

“The feedback from our consultation will help to inform future visions and policy for the area, as set out in our draft Core Strategy for South Gloucestershire. The independent inspector responsible for reviewing the strategy has already indicated that some additional work needs to be undertaken to give more direction and detail to any further development proposals.”

“We recognise the need for additional work and it is important that our communities help contribute to this. The strategy will be subject to further public consultation later this year before being examined by the inspector early next year.”

Further information can also be found on the council website at www.southglos.gov.uk/filtonairfield. The closing date for both exhibitions and responses to the consultation is Monday 24th October.

Dates and venues of exhibitions are as follows.

Staffed drop-in events:

  • Monday 3rd October, 3pm – 7:30pm: Cribbs Causeway Business Centre, Hollywood Lane, Bristol BS10 7TW
  • Tuesday 11th October, 3pm – 7:30pm: Patchway Locality Hub, Rodway Road, Patchway, Bristol BS34 5PE
  • Monday 17th October, 3pm – 7:30pm: BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG

Unstaffed exhibitions:

  • 4th – 11th October: Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre
  • 17th – 24th October: Filton and Patchway Libraries

Information is also available at Southmead and Henbury libraries.

Further detailed consultation on proposals for the airfield site will take place later this year.

Related link: Filton Airfield (South Glos Post)

Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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