Houses WILL Be Built on Airfield ; Home of the Lancaster and Vulcan Bombers to Be Used for Housing Following Decision in Appeal Court

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Houses WILL Be Built on Airfield ; Home of the Lancaster and Vulcan Bombers to Be Used for Housing Following Decision in Appeal Court


Brewster, James, Manchester Evening News


WOODFORD Aerodrome - the home of the Lancaster and Vulcan bombers - will disappear under a huge new housing development following an Appeal Court ruling.

Famous aircraft were manufactured at the site for 80 years before the site was sold off by BAE Systems in 2011.

The court decision means that developers now finally have the green light to knock down the hangars, rip up the runways and build up to 920 new homes.

Local landowner, Michael Kingsley, has led opposition, but Lord Justice Lindblom told him he had no chance of successfully challenging the plans. Planning permission was granted to developers Harrow Estates and Redrow Homes, by Stockport council in January. Mark Willers QC, for Mr Kingsley, said the plans were passed by a knife's edge with the planning committee's chairman casting the deciding vote.

Challenging the decision, the barrister said committee members had not been given the full picture by one of the council's planning officers.

The housing scheme, he claimed, would cover a larger area than the aerodrome structures they replaced and would seriously impact on the openness of the green belt. …

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