A local authority was “kept in the dark” about council plans to buy the former RAF Coltishall base, it was claimed last night.

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Norfolk County Council is pushing ahead with a multi-million proposal to buy the Battle of Britain site after being named the Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) preferred bidder.

News of the county council’s offer was revealed on May 31. But Broadland District Council said it had had no consultation with the county council about the proposed bid by June 13.

This answer was provided after Dan Roper, Spixworth with St Faiths councillor, had tabled a question at last night’s full council meeting.

He was told discussions were now ongoing between Norfolk, North Norfolk and Broadland councils about future planning applications that may come forward if the sale is completed.

Mr Roper told councillors: “I am actually delighted with a straight answer to a straight question on this matter, which perhaps some of our Westminster representatives might make a note of when they go on national television.

“Does the leader share my disappointment Broadland was kept in the dark on the this issue?”

Stuart Clancy, economic development portfolio holder, did not directly reply to that question but did confirm “joint working” between the three local authorities was now taking place.

Norfolk County Council’s cabinet has previously said it had to abide by MoJ confidentiality agreements as part of the bid, which has stifled the emergence of exact details.

Mr Clancy added last night: “I think the county council purchase of RAF Coltishall site will bring a degree of certainty to that site.

“We’ve seen in Norfolk over the last 20 years two sites - RAF West Raynham and RAF Sculthorpe - both of which have had a chequered history.

“RAF Coltishall closed in 2006 and there was not a satisfactory bid on the table.”

Mr Clancy said the county council is moving toward creating a masterplan, which will include full consultation with parish councils and residents.

He added: “I think it’s a great step for Norfolk, a great step for this area, the main reason is it brings continuity to the areas. We don’t want to see it remain dilapidated or be a massive cost on the public purse.”

6 comments

  • They should move RAF Marham's activities to Coltishall, create a new regional airport at Marham with fast rail links alongside the A47, and build on the Norwich Airport site. This would also mean there'd be no need for a muliti-million pound kink in the NDR to avoid the Norwich runway (which in turn prevents the runway ever being extended)

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    g hu

    Friday, June 29, 2012

  • I have read with interest all the comments, and taken a great interest in what potentially could happen in my back yard. NCC have not got a plan never had a plan and more importantly do not have the money to develop what little ideas they have come out with. Why are people, parish councillors, and residents so surprised that we are being kept in the dark? This what NCC excel at - not letting any one know what is going on. More importantly they have not revealed their finance because they haven't got any. They have no idea how much it will cost to put our ex RAF Coltishall back on the map. They will turn it over into arable land in the beginning which sounds be fine on the surface of it, but when that doesn't work and it won't (contamination, unexploded devices etc) then with one slight of the pen it will become housing development overnight. That is after it has stood another ten years with nothing being done to it because at the end of day, as I have said, they have no money. Why oh why doesn't anybody see this? And as for the closed cabinet at the NCC - all conservative, not one of them lives any where near Badersfield and they simply haven't got a clue - sack the lot of them they are worthless and they certainly do not represent the residents or any one else for that matter that actually matters in Badersfield and the surrounding villages. Chuck their bid out and start again, this planning has been going on with the MOJ since 2010 at least. Other bids have been thrown out in favour of the NCC (I wonder why?), I would LOVE to know why. So come on everyone wake up and smell the coffee and see what is REALLY going on here.................smacks of a very bad done deal to me...... Add your comment | Report this comment

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    Slosers13

    Friday, June 29, 2012

  • 1. They should move Norwich Airport to Coltishall and then put houses on the existing Norwich Airport site. 2. There seems a massive problem in Norfolk between the Conservatives at district local, country level, and the Norfolk Conservative MP's. The answerer is to stop voting for Conservatives and then they might stop taking the Norfolk public for granted.

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    I LoveNorfolk

    Friday, June 29, 2012

  • I Love Norfolk I can only assume you suffer from memory loss, if so, I am sorry. If not I have to question why anyone would stop voting Conservative after 13 years of the idiocy that Labour managed and left us in the mess we are currently in. In a proper society, both Gordon Brown and Tony Blair would be sharing a jail cell!

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    Windless

    Friday, June 29, 2012

  • County treat us like mushrooms. I imagine PFI finance and fat cat developers muscling in will be the next surprise. Or will Boris rescue London and make it the plane interchange?.

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    bedoomed

    Saturday, June 30, 2012

  • This was a closed cabinet decision, an issue released to divert attention from the 'burning issue' now being called in by Mr. Pickles, why else would there have not been any communications with the respective District council?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, June 29, 2012

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