Saturday, 5 January 2019


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The standby runway is located 198m to the north of the main runway and was granted planning permission in 1979. It provides an alternative runway for use when the main runway is closed for maintenance or as a result of an incident. One of the conditions of the planning permission was that it could not be used simultaneously with the main runway. The simultaneous use of both runways is also ruled out by a Section 52 Agreement with West Sussex County Council. However this agreement expires in 2019.

The Airports Commission selected Heathrow to provide additional runway capacity in the South East - Government and Parliament have endorsed that recommendation. There is no national justification to expand Gatwick Airport.
See the NCS submission to the consultation NCS submission - Gatwick Master Plan 2018

Campaign Group GON (Gatwick Obviously Not) commented:
The growth proposals in the master plan would further enrich the airport's shareholders whilst inflicting more flights, more noise, more emissions and more public transport congestion and over-crowding on local people and those under flight paths.
See their submission to the consultation  GON Group submission - Gatwick Master Plan 2018

The proposals to increase runway capacity are all dedicated to increasing passenger numbers and flight volume. This will adversely increase both noise and air quality impacts. NCS consider that plans to increase runway capacity should be discontinued. The parish of Nutfield is already affected by the change in departure routes announced in 2013 which involves an increased volume of Gatwick aircraft flying at 3000ft (and sometimes lower) over the parish. We have called for this height to be increased to a minimum 5000ft which would reduce the environmental impact of the change adopted on departure route 3.

The environmental impacts are increasing within current growth levels without considering any increased additional runway facility. Gatwick should be addressing how to reduce the escalating contributions they are making to the adverse effects on the environment. 

The Government acknowledge the nation cannot meet the stated carbon emission targets and commitments. Aviation-related expansion will only increase the pressure to meet these levels and the planned runway expansion at Gatwick should therefore be avoided as this is considered unnecessary.

Gatwick should actively listen to the opposition presented and respond meaningfully to the negative aspects of aviation rather than pursuing goals that merely favour the industry from a financial standpoint.

Saturday, 28 July 2018



On 19th July 2018, Tandridge District Full Council accepted the decision of the Planning Policy Committee (PPCto adopt the Draft Local Plan and Regulation 19 Consultation arrangements.  This followed a motion that the PPC decision be remitted to them for further consideration; the motion was defeated (15 for, 21 against and one abstention). The selection of South Godstone for the Garden Village development is included in the Draft Local plan

Following this announcement, Thakeham recently made a presentation to Godstone residents, which was facilitated by Godstone Council. The developer’s objective was not only to undermine the decision to select South Godstone as the site for a garden village development (and encourage residents to respond to the Regulation 19 consultation) but, in so doing, include support for their Redhill Aerodrome proposal. 

A number of points that respondents could include were suggested by Thakeham. Many of the matters referred to by them were subjective with large elements of spin and misleadingly presented as fact. The presentation included heavy criticism of TDC and the erroneous allegation that aspects of the information provided is not contained in Local Plan documents and has therefore not been accounted for in decisions by TDC.

Thakeham are attempting to exploit South Godstone’s unfortunate situation by appearing to support them. They are only interested in promoting their Redhill Aerodrome proposalalthough it is counterproductive to try and defend one site by expressing support for another.  

NCS are contacting Godstone community organisations and Councillors to highlight the flaws in the presentation and to highlight the dangers in following Thakeham’s self-serving advice and we are seeking to clarify the Godstone Parish Council strategy given this latest presentation.  

We remind you that The Regulation 19 consultation opens on 30th July and runs until the 10th September 2018. The consultation covers soundness and legal compliance of the Local Plan. We are currently working with NPC and an advisor experienced in such matters to produce a response to the consultation which will be seen by the Inspector when the draft plan is examined (early next year) 
Please view the Local Plan documents on TDC website. 

We plan to circulate information about the consultation on our website so please be aware.  

Positive responses to requests we shall be making to you in due course will be invaluable in defending the aerodrome from inappropriate development

Many thanks.
Protecting the local environment - Charity No 275088

Wednesday, 6 June 2018


     SEE NCS RESPONSE - Sept 2018 regarding the Draft Local Plan Consultation (Regulation 19) 
This has the full endorsement of the ten strong NCS Committee who represent 166 members - an additional 37 non-members have also expressed their support for this representation.

Tandridge Council (TDC) announce that South Godstone will be the preferred site for a Garden Village development of 4000 houses.
The other option at Redhill Aerodrome was always going to be a problem for development within the TDC Local Plan period, given the need for a motorway junction to the M23, although there will be ongoing pressure to deliver more homes than currently proposed by TDC as this is lower than the currently assessed need of 9,400 and significantly lower than the Government calculation of 12,900.
However, TDC Leader Martin Fisher has reiterated his vow to stand firm against this Government target which is viewed as unrealistic - see TDC press release below.
It will be interesting to see how the issue of housing development unfolds east of Redhill given the local interest of both councils (TDC and RBBC).
Protecting the local environment - Charity No 275088


Thursday, 3 May 2018

NPPF Consultation APRIL 2018

The 2017 Budget included additional proposals to change planning policy and legislation to bring forward more land for development. 
The National Planning Policy Framework consultation document sets out these Consultation Proposals

NPPF Consultation response by Nutfield Conservation Society

Tuesday, 3 April 2018



THREE SITES REMAIN TO BE CONSIDERED: Blindley Heath/ South Godstone and Redhill Aerodrome.  A final decision by Tandridge District Council is expected by the end of May.

Monday, 29 January 2018

REDHILL AERODROME land 'safeguarded' by Reigate&Banstead Council

Running alongside the Tandridge Local Plan negotiations – is the consultation
(Regulation 19 Development Management Plan) from Reigate & Banstead Council
Refer to pages 158/159

Vast amounts of greenbelt are proposed to be 'safeguarded' (including part of Redhill Aerodrome) for possible housing development post 2027.  Less than 40% of the aerodrome land is within the Reigate & Banstead Authority boundary and the larger balance is controlled by Tandridge District Council.
DMP Sustainability Appraisal Oct 2017:  "The development is likely to have a significant negative impact on landscape character due to the size of the site in a currently undeveloped area in the countryside"
It is good that MP Crispin Blunt is opposed to any housing development on the aerodrome site - see his quote: “I will, therefore, be enlisting support for my opposition to the Redhill Aerodrome Development proposal in the coming months and believe that there is a groundswell of local like-minded opinion to support such a campaign”.
Any proposed housing development on green belt land on or adjacent to the aerodrome site will have a huge negative effect upon the local community with a large increase in traffic using local lanes which are already overloaded by vehicles using these as short-cuts.
THE CONSULTATION CLOSES at 5pm on Friday 23 February 2018 
Refer to the SUMMARY LIST OF OBJECTIONS  your own responses

See also
1. NCS Response on DMP Consultation
              2. Response from All Party Group on Aviation


Saturday, 30 December 2017

Council query Government Housing Target for Tandridge

We were pleased to see that TDC have opposed the proposed Government housing target of 12900 suggested -  See Tandridge Council Press Release

There are already severe strains upon local greenbelt to achieve the current assessed housing need (OAN) of 9400 (470 pa) over a 20 year period under the proposed draft Local Plan, which met the original Government assessment of 9220 (461 pa).

However, local greenbelt will be decimated if there is an insistence from Government to increase the Tandridge number  to £12900 (645 pa), as this would not take into account the local conditions applying to the district involving several areas designated as AONB.

The Government appear to have have a mistaken belief that building a substantial number of houses in Surrey greenbelt will help to solve the current housing problem, although these houses are unlikely to be within the financial reach of most local people seeking to own their own property. These properties will more likely be purchased by investors in the private rental market thus inflating local property costs even more than currently.

There are some really critical stretches of greenbelt in the Tandridge district which will be lost forever if exposed to the pressure to build a housing volume far beyond any local need.
We hope the Government will resist their current approach and allow Tandridge Council to work within a realistic local housing need.