Moorland airfield scheme set for refusal

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PLANS to build two runways and a hangar for 10 aircraft on a remote moorland farm are set to be blocked after concerns were raised over the scheme’s impact on a Yorkshire national park.

The North York Moors National Park Authority’s planning committee is being recommended to refuse the application for the development at South Moor Farm, Langdale End, near Scarborough.

Concerns have been raised about the noise which would be generated and the effect the development would have on local communities as well as the national park’s tourism industry.

Objections have been lodged by parish councils as well as The British Horse Society, which fears horses would be frightened by aircraft noise.

Walking organisations have also objected, including the Scarborough Ramblers Group which claimed the fundamental point of a national park is to create “somewhere for people to find peace and tranquillity”.

Residents have sent objections to the park authority’s committee which makes a decision on the scheme on Thursday.

They have claimed the area already has to tolerate motor rallies and claimed homes will be in the direct flight path of aircraft and the development would have no benefit to the area.

One objector said: “A more inappropriate activity in the national park would be difficult to imagine.”

Support has come from people as far away as Kent, Buckinghamshire and Sussex, who claim the airfield would provide a “convenient location to the visit the park and family” and would support tourism. The applicant has claimed the airfield would enhance his bed and breakfast business and diverse the farm’s economy.

But planning officers maintain the scheme is contrary to the national park’s policies on tourism and planning and would be in an area “rich in prehistoric archaeology”.