The decision by the Planning Inspectorate to reject the application for a hard runway is extremely welcome. As I stated during the appeals process and in the letter I co-signed with Crispin Blunt MP, these proposals represented a completely inappropriate use of green belt land, and would have had a major detrimental impact on the surrounding area. Above all, this result is a testament to the persistent hard work of Keep Redhill Aerodrome Green (KRAG), Nutfield Parish Council, and the local residents who campaigned so strongly against this development. They have had the misery of fighting off speculative applications year after year, and I hope that this will be the last time they are called upon to do so. Both Tandridge District Council and Reigate & Banstead Borough Council recognised that this was the wrong development in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the Planning Inspectorate has rightly endorsed their position in the best interests of our community.