Please could I trouble the good folk on here to help support a retrospective planning application which relates to some improvement works carried out late last year to the C/D taxiway at EGKR Redhill.
This grass airfield has been in existence since the 1930’s and the perimeter taxiway has historically been used as an unlicensed runway for take-off/landing only when the grass runways get waterlogged. Due to the construction of the adjacent motorway decades ago and also climate change, sadly this waterlogging occurs more and more frequently.
The unlicensed area used for take-off and landing has always been bent, narrow and undulating. The dimensions were 500m x10m – so only light aircraft could use it. This is what it used to look like:
Last year, some minor improvement works were made to widen the surface (tarmac over existing hardcore beneath the grass) and to take out the ‘kink’. The dimensions are now 490m x 14m (i.e. slightly shorter and slightly wider to facilitate turning on the taxiway). It remains unlicensed as a runway and will still only be used when the grass runways are unserviceable.
This is what it looks like now (apologies for size difference):
The local residents have kicked up a fuss about the improvements and so the Aerodrome has applied for retrospective planning permission for these works. For those who are unfamiliar, Redhill is just a few miles north of Gatwick EGKK and many locals seem to fear that they will start to see the likes of huge pax-carrying aircraft appearing over their houses. Absolutely not (reminder dimensions: 490m x 14m)!
Please would anyone who has used / may one day wish to use Redhill Aerodrome lend their weight to this application by ticking “support” in the relevant box in the link below. Additional comments are an added bonus, but not a requirement.
Amongst the businesses that rely on this Aerodrome are many flight schools, two cafes and an engineering base to name just a few. Let’s not see yet another airfield in the UK be closed.
Thanks for your support.
Why didn’t they just apply for planning in the first place? It is no great surprise it is needed is it?
Maybe they had enough after their hard runway application was rejected… after Biggin Hill “London” Airport objected to it on obvious competition grounds.
Everybody should sign up on that link in the OP and support Redhill
Thank you to everyone who took the trouble to support this request. If it’s still on anyone else’s “to do” list, there is still time to add your support using this link.
As a related aside, thanks especially to those who came back to the thread to say they had added their support. Your comments kept the thread fairly near the top for a few days – something which a “like” button would not have achieved. I believe it was @dublinpilot that mentioned this on that particular thread (but in relation to trip reports). He made a good point!