WE'LL FLY 747s INTO AIRFIELD; Roads Ruled out for Snowdonia Plan

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Byline: HYWEL TREWYN

PLANES as big as Boeing 747s will be flown into a Snowdonia airfield for dismantling rather than be transported by road, the owners have said.

Last night one of Llanbedr Airfield Estate's owners David Young reiterated they'll be flown in after Network Rail voiced objections to the plans.

Proposals for the airfield near Harlech, Gwynedd were given the green light by Snowdonia National Park (SNPA) planners last August.

Mr Young was speaking after Network Rail called for clarification as to how the aircraft will get to the site.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: "We have voiced objections because we are concerned about the possibility of long, heavy and slow-moving vehicles using the nearby Talwrn Bach level crossing to gain access to the airfield.

"It is classed as a high risk crossing and we don't wish to see this risk increased."

In a letter to SNPA, Network Rail suggested the owners enter into talks with Network Rail "to mitigate the risk of using the level crossing".

Last August SNPA unanimously backed plans for the airfield, creating 60 jobs. Llanbedr Airfield Estates (LAE) want to dismantle aircraft incapable of being returned to active use.

The plans will go before the committee again on Wednesday after more information was submitted to comply with planning conditions. …