Primarily for general aviation discussion, but other aviation topics are also welcome.
defcribed wrote:How anyone can be that stupid as to spend the money involved in ending up in the High Court and be making arguments like that, it defies belief.

Have you spent long in aviation/around aviation company operators :roll: ? Sarcasm very definitely not directed at you, rather at the significant number of operators who would end up in the High Court in very similar circumstances/with similar arguments. Unfortunately aviation (especially the lighter end) runs on sentiment just as much as on logic, and as nice as that often is we do need a core of logic behind it to keep going.
If OS is ‘open for business and looking forward to welcoming visitors’ why the heck wasn’t it doing it years ago, rather than wasting colossal amounts of money over the last 20 years pursuing a unrealistic planning proposal?

They closed in petulance last October, clearly confident they would get their own way but are now reverting back to Plan A, having alienated their main source of income - GA. I hope for the airfield’s sake they haven’t completely lost all goodwill.

They always maintained that flying could only continue if building was approved but I’m glad to see they are now very confident and buoyant about the future anyway. Clearly, the development wasn’t quite as vital to ongoing operations as implied.

Very positive news for such an historic site.
The score so far: 3:0
(Planning consent refused: Council 1 - Developer - 0
Appeal refused: Secretary of State 1 - Developer - 0
Judicial review refused: High Court 1 - Developer - 0)

As the judge politely put it today: "A statement of common ground, absent in the present case...would be crucial in any future dialogue, as something on which the parties could build... should there really need to be any future proceedings."

Which I read as: "One must hope that, at some point, the developers may start acting like grown-ups".
I think the council and perhaps a majority of the locals are open to some sort of development around the airfield, so long as the airfield itself remains open (by which I mean open to GA). The developers, despite the vast expense of all the court cases so far, appear to remain deluded about the scale of development they can get away with and therefore the size of profits they can make. They may need to lose a little more money and time yet before they figure out the maths...