Why I am against proposals for a concrete runway at Redhill

This week a public hearing has been taking place to inform the Planning Inspectorate’s decision on whether to approve plans for a hard runway at Redhill Aerodrome. Local residents are rightly concerned about the proposed development, and in addition to the letter I sent in December to the Planning Inspectorate, co-signed with Crispin Blunt MP, I have also submitted evidence to the inquiry. My view is that: A hard runway would be a completely inappropriate use of green belt land and have a significant detrimental effect on the existing rural landscape; The proposed change of use would bring increased light and noise pollution, as well as increase the risk of flooding for nearby properties; It would increase the strain on local infrastructure, as minor country lanes are the only means of access; There would be a loss of openness and character in the surrounding environment. The Planning Inspectorate is expected to present its conclusions next month, and I hope that the result of this process will be to reject this wholly inappropriate proposal.