The date for the Redhill Aerodrome Public Public has been set for 7th January 2014. The venue is the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill with proceedings commencing at 10am. The Inquiry is expected to last for 3-4 days. We will provide further details when they are available.
KRAG have applied for and been granted Rule 6 status by the Planning Inspectorate. This will allow them to fully participate at the Inquiry, giving evidence, using expert witnesses and have the opportunity to secure legal representation to oppose the unwanted plan.
At this moment KRAG intend to give evidence in the following subjects:
AREAS OF EVIDENCE
Localism & Representing Community Opinion:
We will present evidence that the proposed development has been comprehensively rejected by our membership and the local communities.
Air Traffic Control
We will present evidence that insufficient Air Traffic Control modelling has been undertaken to establish that the proposed facility with existing ATC or Airspace issues.
We will present evidence that the proposed development will cause an unacceptable impact by introducing light during periods of darkness within the existing rural landscape.
We will present evidence that the proposed development has failed to prove its Economic Case which is a minimum requirement to claim that a “Very Special Circumstance” exists.
Examining the Alternatives
We will present evidence that the appellant has made no attempt to consider an alternative plan to the one proposed.
Landscape Effects/Green Belt
We will present that the proposed runway and associated new infrastructure would be far more intrusive than currently exists. This will result in an inappropriate development in the Green Belt resulting in harm by reason of loss of openness.
We will present evidence that the appellant has not provided evidence that a compelling need exists for the proposed development.
We will present evidence that the proposal would result in an increase in the number of journeys to a location that is not connected to a public transport network and is badly placed to be accessible to a centre of population by means other than the private car.
We will present evidence that the proposed development will result in an unacceptable level of traffic on local roads that are already considered very congested and dangerous.
We will present evidence that the claims, made by the appellant, about the future of the Aerodrome, should the proposal be refused, are inconsistent.
Noise and Disturbance
We will present evidence that the proposed development will cause an unacceptable impact to residential amenity of nearby residents by a significant increased in noise and disturbance.
We will present evidence that the proposed development will increase levels of pollution contrary in existing guidelines.
Airports Commission/Gatwick Expansion
We will present evidence that the proposed development should be considered within the framework provided by the interim report of the Airports Commission due in December 2013.
We will identify the issues that we wish to be covered by a Section 106 Agreement.
The overwhelming rejection of the Redhill Aerodrome proposal by the local community is demonstrated by the Nutfield Parish Council petition against the development, in which an overwhelming majority of all households in the Parish of Nutfield agreed that the planning application should be refused.
KRAG secretary Paul Murray said:
"We will ensure that we present well researched and credible evidence to prove to the Planning Inspector that the proposed development is speculative, ill conceived, unviable and opposed by the vast majority of the local community."
"We are actively encouraging local MP’s, (Sam Gyimah and Crispin Blunt), to continue their good work in opposing this application. We are also asking that the District Councillors who represent the areas affected by the proposal continue to fully support their local constituents to publicly oppose this appeal, to ensure it is defeated as comprehensively as their predecessors have done over the last 20 years.”
KRAG are working closely with other local groups including Nutfield Parish Council, Salfords and Sidlow Parish Council and Nutfield Conservation Society to oppose this application. We are presenting a united front, strengthening local opposition against this unwanted and unviable appeal.