May 2017

Redhill Aerodrome – Taxiway Works Planning Application (RBBC 16/01043/F, TDC 2016/764)

Members will recall this first started in early 2015 when the aerodrome operators announced the intention to undertake remedial work on a taxi way which is also operated as an unlicensed runway 07/25. The intention was to carry out the work under permitted development.

Contrary to advice from the Local Planning Authorities that permitted development did not apply the aerodrome owners carried out the works without planning consent. Following considerable communication subsequently a retrospective planning application was submitted.

The majority of the works are within RBBC area and they are the lead authority. There has been considerable delay in setting a date for determination of the applications. The delay has arisen due to Surrey C.C. Highways department concerns regarding the impact of the changes on local road traffic. For unspecified reasons this has taken a considerable time to resolve.

Surrey CC, Highways, has now approved the application subject to the condition the taxiway is only used as a runway when the grass runways are unserviceable. The RBBC case officer anticipates that the application will be determined at the RBBC planning committee meeting on 14th June 2017.

TDC stand point remains that RBBC are the lead authority the next meeting for TDC planning committee is 29th June when it is likely the application will be heard.

Throughout the whole process KRAG has monitored progress and made representations to both planning authorities. We plan to attend the hearing on 14th June 2017.

We are delighted that at last this is to be resolved. We will update members with the decisions and comments of the planning committees.

Stephen Hanks.