Suffolk Coastal DC unanimously approve the Bentwaters Planning Application
Councillors at the Suffolk Coastal District Council Development Management Meeting on 13 November 2014 agreed to support the planning application which would, apart from regularising the use of the buildings for agriculture, storage and businesses and also allow the Grace Spitfire, other historic planes and small aircraft to keep flying from Bentwaters.
There was overwhelming public support for the application, and in particular the Grace Spitfire, as shown by the number of representations made to SCDC during the consultation period of the planning application. In summary:
8 local Parish Councils objectedWhat this means for Rendlesham….
11 local Parish Councils either supported or had no objection (Rendlesham Parish Council supported the application)
558 letters of objection were received
730 letters of support were received
2 petitions in support were received - the Rendlesham petition (including Tunstall and Eyke) - 1,144 signatures and the online petition 5,124 signatures
Rendlesham Parish Council were present during the meeting and spoke in support of the application - the presentation was well received by the District Councillors who commended Rendlesham on their drive to support local employment and the creation of a sustainable community.
The Rights of Way Order for the new bridleway linking the village to the forest has been signed and we are waiting to hear of a start date for the work
Rendlesham will receive £20,000 towards the provision of new facilities in the village
2 new bus stops will be provided near the roundabout at the end of Redwald Road
The Parish Council would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported the application and the campaign to keep the Grace Spitfire flying.
Bentwaters Planning Application - The facts about the flying
The Parish Council Planning Committee have given its full support to the current Bentwaters application to regularise the use of the buildings on Bentwaters Parks, this includes the flying of the Spitfire. Despite publicity being circulated from an unknown source there are no plans for Bentwaters to become a commercial airport, it is simply to give a home to 8 historical planes which form a very important part of our heritage.