The recent announcement by Homes England to purchase 60 hectares of land in Lympne has prompted a backlash by local Residents against the purchase. Here’s what veteran campaigner David Plumstead has to say:
Our airfield has been sold to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government under the name of ‘Homes England’ for housing as part of its drive to bury us under 12,000 houses a.k.a. Otterpool New Town.
We have fought off threats to the Airfield five times in the last twenty five years as the succession of Planning Inspectors and High Court have supported us.
We will fight this threat as a grass roots community as before and directly challenge the Government’s own officially stated reason for the creation of the Minstry of Housing quoted here from its own website:
“The Ministry of Housing, formerly the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has been formed to create great places to live and work and to give more power to local people to shape what happens in their area.”
‘Homes England’ (The Ministry) has various powers of its own (e.g. compulsory purchase), but in the main, it has to work through the planning system. Just like any other developer, it needs to seek planning permission from the local planning authority and, where it wants to influence the local plan, it has to make representations like any other objector.
We have registered our objection to the Airfields’ inclusion in the Local Plan which will be debated with the Planning Inspector at the Public Inquiry later this year.
To launch a successful campaign we need to hold a public meeting at Lympne Castle on Tuesday, 3rd April at 7.30pm to explain what we have to do and answer your questions.
David Plumstead. The Friends of Lympne Airfield Association. 01303 265737. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org