Decision on RAF Coltishall runway removal delayed a month

06:30 17 March 2014

The ends of Coltishall runway which are earmarked for ripping up to make into rubble.  Picture: MIKE PAGE

The ends of Coltishall runway which are earmarked for ripping up to make into rubble. Picture: MIKE PAGE


A decision on plans to dig up parts of the runway at the former RAF Coltishall airbase has been postponed for a month.

Norfolk County Council contractor Lafarge Tarmac’s application to dig up the runway extensions on the former Battle of Britain fighter station were expected to be debated by the council’s planning regulatory committed this Friday.

But a county hall spokesman said the issue had been deferred to the following meeting on April 25 - to ensure that all statutory consultees had a chance to respond before it went to committee, and for more information to be received.

The plans have caused major concerns among locals, over the volume of lorry traffic - up to 100 lorry movements a day - that could go through a residential area, and would ruin any potential aviation use of the site.

English Heritage has also objected over fears the scheme would harm the airbase conservation Area and some blast walls from the airfield’s Cold War era.


  • Leave it be! It's part of our history!

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    marty r

    Monday, March 17, 2014

  • There really is something fishy going on here. It is three months since the planning application was lodged. Furthermore, there have been around eighty responses already to the consultation. And how can NCC promote this project when it submitted arguments to the King's Lynn planning inquiry to the effect that the roads leading to and from the former base are unsuitable for HGV traffic?

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    Monday, March 17, 2014

  • There is one thing that NCC are very good at and that is upsetting the public with there stupid ideas and then insisting they are always right. They really are a waste of time and public money, such an important service run by fools.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Monday, March 17, 2014

  • One month to reconsider and sell the thing to Hans House, who at least, has a plan which these incompetent fools clearly still do not.

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    Monday, March 17, 2014

  • I don't believe that this is the whole story. The Communities Secretary has been asked both to review NCC's decision that no environmental impact assessment is required and to call in the planning application. I also asked when the planning aplication would actually go to the planning committee, and the answer that I extracted was "no comment".

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    John Martin

    Monday, March 17, 2014

  • Once again we see officers and cllr. clamp up on an issue they did not think through. The contamination on the site is to be overlooked and ignored, all those who will be crushing the concrete, the dust issue with those emplyed and with the surrounding population have not been adressed, typical.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, March 17, 2014

  • Give it up County Council. Havent you realised that there is a new breed of person in Norfolk that wont let you ride roughshod over the public? And they are a lot cleverer than any of you.

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    Monday, March 17, 2014

  • A strip of tarmac laid in the 1990s? A really vital piece of our heritage! I can think of 100 more better causes to be sentimental about.

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    Tom Jeffries

    Monday, March 17, 2014

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