Posts Tagged ‘Filton Airfield’

South Glos councillors pledge £1.1 million towards Filton aerospace heritage centre

Posted on Thursday 20th March 2014 at 6:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Concorde hangar at the proposed Bristol Aerospace Centre.

Ambitious plans for a new centre celebrating Filton’s aerospace heritage, and providing a permanent home for Concorde 216, have received a million-pound boost from South Gloucestershire councillors.

At a meeting of Full Council on 19th March, members pledged £1.1m to the Bristol Aero Collection Trust to help develop a new aerospace museum and learning centre on the site of Filton’s former airfield.

The centre will tell the story of the region’s world-class aerospace sector – past, present and future – and will house Concorde 216, which has been preserved at Filton since it made the last Concorde flight in 2003. A learning centre specialising in engineering, science and technology will also be provided on the site.

When complete, the centre will be a key part of Filton’s new Enterprise Area, a 120-acre employment location focused on the aerospace and advanced manufacturing sectors and offering unique investment and job creation potential.

The £1.1m contribution was approved as part of the council’s Capital Programme for 2014/15 to 2016/17. It is anticipated that the majority of the council’s support will be funded from increased business rates generated by the development of the Filton site, using funding arrangements set out in the recent City Region Deal.

In a joint statement, South Gloucestershire Council leaders Cllrs John Calway (Conservative), Ruth Davis (Liberal Democrat) and Andy Perkins (Labour) said:

“We have long supported plans for a dedicated centre to celebrate Filton’s aerospace heritage and provide a permanent home for the much-loved Concorde 216.”

“The area is the birthplace of the UK’s aerospace industry and remains an internationally-renowned centre of aviation excellence, hosting giants such as Rolls-Royce, Airbus and GKN.”

“The centre will help to safeguard this distinguished heritage for generations to come while also acting as a focus for exciting new developments, such as the Enterprise Area, which will help to secure Filton’s continued success into the future.”

“We are delighted to have been able to approve this significant contribution, and especially pleased that it can be funded by reinvesting business rates generated in the new Filton Enterprise Area.”

More: News also welcomed by Chair of Bristol Aero Collection Trust »

Source: South Gloucestershire Council


Airfield campaign group appeals to councillors ahead of crucial meeting

Posted on Friday 9th December 2011 at 2:23 pm by SH (Editor)

A press release from the Save Filton Airfield Group in response to the decision by South Gloucestershire planners to include Filton Airfield as a strategic development location (for housing and employment) in the latest revision of their Core Strategy.

Save Filton Airfield Campaign Group

Monday 5th December 2011 was a sad day for Bristol as South Gloucestershire Council planners backed the termination of more than one hundred years of aviation development in this City.

Rather than supporting manufacturing and engineering in the region, the planners want up to 3,000 homes to be built on the Filton Airfield site. These homes will be in addition to 2,000 new homes at Harry Stoke, 1,700 at Charlton Hayes, and 1,750 at Cribbs Causeway/Patchway. This brings the number of planned homes in this small, already congested area to over 8,000 – the size of Bradley Stoke.

Yesterday (5th December), on BBC Radio Bristol, Councillor Brian Allinson, Executive Member for Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment stated:

“We are determined to ensure aerospace related industries get a priority for coming to the area”.

More: Councillors warned against building houses on runway site »

Source: Save Filton Airfield Campaign Group


Filton Airfield to become “dumping ground” for new homes

Posted on Monday 5th December 2011 at 4:39 pm by SH (Editor)

The Labour Party

Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire have denounced a reliance on developing Filton Airfield to deliver a Government-appointed inspector’s higher housing demands.

In a revision to the Core Strategy, South Gloucestershire Council’s 15-year planning framework just published, the new homes supply number for South Gloucestershire is proposed to increase by 4,855 (to 26,435) – with 81% of this additional number to be located on Filton Airfield and the neighbouring Cribbs Causeway/Patchway area.

Added to those already in the original plan, this will result in 5,700 new homes in the area. This is despite the strategic economic importance of the airfield, the widespread local support for it to remain, and existing congestion problems.

The strategy is being revised to meet the demands of a Government-appointed inspector who told South Gloucestershire in August that he wanted the authority to do work to identify locations for an increased number of new homes. Labour councillors have consistently opposed the redevelopment of the airfield and are now arguing that BAE Systems’ decision to close the Airfield is being used by the council as a short-term windfall to plug the gap.

Labour Group Leader Cllr Andy Perkins (Labour, Woodstock) said:

“We know that the Government inspector wants more new homes in addition to the 21,500 initially planned, despite high-profile Conservative and Liberal Democrat election campaigns against growth above this figure.”

More: Airfield site to become "dumping ground" for new homes »

Source: South Gloucestershire Labour


[Forum] Closure of Filton Airfield is “unthinkable”

Posted on Sunday 23rd October 2011 at 2:41 pm by SH (Editor)

Dear Editor,

The closure of Filton Airfield is unthinkable, with its ease of access to the motorway network and direct rail-link, combined with the long runway.

Such a strategic location should be utilized to its maximum.

Air freight cargo is now transported to all destinations worldwide. With the increase in air freight services Filton could become a “Cargo Hub”.

Major firms like FedEx,UPS & DHL should be encouraged to set up bases there. to cover the West and South Wales.

With the opening of the Deep Sea Terminal at Avonmouth, Bristol could become a “Super Hub”for cargo handling by road, rail, sea or air with an international reputation.

Lets look to the future.

Yours faithfully,

David Jones