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Fund an Ecological Impact Assessment to support Planning Application and legal challenge,

by Robert Walker in Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire, England

The small rewards on offer will be valid until 31st. Dec. 2020.

Flying sites support a surprising amount of wildlife.  Grassy areas may harbor colourful wild flowers and be home to insects and small mammals which are food for birds and birds of prey like owls. 

All small GA (General Aviation) airfields in Austria are designated as NATURE RESERVES.

Six meter wide strips either side of the runway and areas not used will not be cut or grazed to improve the habitat for small mammals and birds. Fifty meters of mixed variety hedging has already been planted.

With no more than five flights per week on average, no more than 250 per year, it is unlikely that any birds will be adversely affected.

Many thanks to supporters who have contributed so far. If you have decided to remain anonymous you can still claim free tea, coffee and biscuits if you are visiting Dalby Forest on foot, bike, horse or car but not aircraft - yet. Just remember the date donated and amount to claim free tea, coffee etc.

Dalby Forest Air Strip CLOSED by order of NYMNPPA.

Latest - NYMNP indicate they will not consider a fifth application - May end up in court.

My fourth appeal against refusal of planning permission failed.

The planning authority has also stopped use of my airstrip by issuing an Article 4 directive which removes my 28 day permitted development rights.

I am a recreational pilot with a Private Pilots Licence, an aircraft and some fields grazed by sheep and cows.

I now need to fund an Ecological Impact Assessment of the airfield environment for a fifth application.

I had been using my field for my aircraft for one year but have been prohibited since 14th April 2018 by the Article 4 directive from the planners.

I had a share in an aircraft based at Wombleton but in 2012 that airfield was threatened with development.

One of my fields could be used for light aircraft to land and take off from so after consulting the four neighbours living within one mile of the development I decided to apply for planning permission in 2013. 

The farm house is a four star guest house and we were expecting that some guests could arrive by air to enjoy walks or mountain biking in Dalby Forest.

The application was refused by the North York Moors National Park Planning Authority, (The Planners), for various reasons which boiled down to it was too noisy.

A noise survey and report was prepared for the appeal which concluded that the noise levels were acceptable.

The planning inspector for the first appeal dismissed all the planning authorities reasons for refusal  except for, the proposed hangar was too industrial looking for a rural landscape. He also said I could use the field for aircraft for up to 28 days per year without planning permission.

For the second application the hangar was designed as a sheep shed similar to those on the adjacent farm. I am a sheep farmer so thought that should be acceptable.

The planners refused again on exactly the same grounds as the first application.

The planning inspector for the second appeal dismissed all the planning authorities reasons for refusal  except for, the proposed hangar was considered to be too large for the rural setting! It was smaller than any of the three on the neighbouring farm? However he did award costs because the planners had used reasons which the previous inspector had dismissed.

So two inspectors felt there was no problem having a farm air strip on my farm but they did not like the hangar.

For the third application the hangar building was removed, so I expected planning approval.  Refused on exactly the same grounds as before but they now added that birds might be affected.

The planning inspector for the third appeal dismissed all the planning authorities reasons for refusal  except for  the affect on birds! However she did award costs because the planners had used reasons which the  two previous inspectors had dismissed. 

A bird survey was conducted for the fourth application which concluded that although protected bird species were present they were unlikely to be affected by the aircraft activity.

The planners refused to accept the findings of my ecologist and again refused permission, the only reason now was because it might affect the birds.

A second bird survey was carried out and information of birds thriving on other air fields gathered for the fourth appeal hearing.

 Including this video I produced using a screen capture which alternates between a you tube video of a goshawk on its nest and FlightRadar24. The sound is from the Goshawk nest, the track and height of the light aircraft you can hear is from FlightRadar24. I am not an expert but that Goshawk does not seem to be bothered about the low flying aircraft.

The fourth inspector dismissed my appeal because I could not prove that the protected species would not be harmed. The planners can not prove any birds were harmed by my aircraft which in the previous year had used the air strip on 25 occasions for a total of 40 flights in the area.

Stalemate. 

The only option is another planning application and/or a legal challenge.

I can afford the planning application but not the Ecological Impact Assessment required, hence this appeal.

The previous planning applications an reports have so far cost £5000 per year. This final attempt will cost more than I can afford in one year, hence this appeal.

If this decision is allowed to stand the reason for refusal could stop development of other flying sites to replace those already lost to housing or industrial projects.

Funds received which are not required will be shared between the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and other air fields which are threatened by planners whims.

If I successfully obtain planning permission I will donate £1000 per year to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance .

It is currently costing £1000 per year to park my aircraft at another airfield and travel to and from the airfield by car.

I have a new collecting box for the air ambulance. The previous one was filled by donations from guests.

I hope many pilots, people involved in General Aviation, and anybody who likes to see light aircraft will support this appeal. If you do support this appeal please ask friends and relatives to help as well.

 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

1 of 50 claimed

Free Range Eggs.

Half a dozen real free range eggs. You might be able to collect them yourselves from the hen huts. Can not post these, pick them up on your visit to us or Dalby Forest.

£10 or more

Stay in our a 4 star Guest House.

A 10% reduction on one night in our guest house. Book online at www.southmoorfarm.co.uk A 10% deposit is required but your discount will be taken off your final bill.(e.g. 2 adults Normal price £80 you pay £8 deposit and £64 on departure.)

£10 or more

4 of 50 claimed

Free Aircraft Landings at South Moor Farm.

Experienced Farm Strip Pilots only please. PPR is Required Essential see http://www.southmoorfarm.co.uk/dalbyairfield.html Free Tea, Coffee, Biscuits. Available only if Planning Permission is obtained.

£50 or more

A weekend in our 4 star Guest House

A 10% reduction on two nights in our guest house. Book online at www.southmoorfarm.co.uk A 10% deposit is required but your discount will be taken off your final bill.

£100 or more

A short Stay in our 4 star Guest House.

A !0% reduction on a three night stay in addition to normal discount. Book online at www.southmoorfarm.co.uk. A 10% deposit is required but your discount will be taken off the final bill.

£200 or more

A Short Stay in our 4 star Guest House.

A 10% reduction on a 4 night Monday to Friday stay in addition to normal discount. Book online at www.southmoorfarm.co.uk. A 10% deposit is required but your discount will be taken off the final bill.

£500 or more

A Long Stay in our Guest House.

A 10% reduction on any of our Long Stay packages on top of the long stay discounts. Example one week for two people 14 x £40 = £560 discounted to £420. A further 10% reduction makes it £378. Book online at www.southmoorfarm.co.uk. A 10% deposit is required but your discount will be taken off the final bill.

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