Scottow the ‘poor relation’ in debate about RAF Coltishall future

09:46 30 June 2012

The former RAF Coltishall airbase.

The former RAF Coltishall airbase.


People in Scottow have “always been the poor relation” when it comes to the RAF Coltishall site, a parish councillor has said.


Speaking at Friday’s meeting of Scottow Parish Council, Mike Adams said other villages had a lesser interest in what became of the site than his, yet Scottow had been overlooked in the past.

As reported, Norfolk County Council is the preferred bidder for the site, owned by the Ministry of Justice.

Mike Britch, property adviser to the county council, faced questions from the public at the meeting about plans to dig up the runway and the impact it could have on the surrounding village.

Mr Adams said: “I do not see any point in digging the runway up. I am concerned about the impact it could have on the village as lorry load after lorry load removes it.”

Simon Shaw, chairman of Scottow Parish Council and the grandson of the original landowner the RAF bought the site from as a compulsory purchase for the war effort, said he had hoped that the land might return to his family.

But he summed up his feelings by saying he wanted to see “the best outcome for Scottow and the surrounding parishes”.

Bruce Giddy, managing director of rival bidder Hans House – which has outlined plans to create a heritage centre, museum and solar farm at the base – was at the meeting.

The county council has previously indicated it would like the majority of the land to be used for agriculture, with its own tenant farmers leasing land. It has also said that former air force buildings could be converted into about 65 homes, while other buildings, such as refurbished hangars, could be offered to small or medium-sized businesses to buy or rent, including potential leisure centre use.

Mr Britch said: “Local people have a lack of detailed knowledge about the site, but until we have the consultation we cannot give them that level of detail.”



  • If the Shaw family is still farming it should have gone back to them, at the very least the land which could revert to agriculture. Why is NCC saying they want the land for their tenant farmers when not long ago they were planning to sell off the county farms? Have they some tenants on the route of the proposed NDR who will be displaced? The statements are making their case sound as if they plan to create farms-but for a new tenant starting up on a rented farm from scratch is increasingly unrealistic and one wonders how much of the land leased out would be to businesses which are already farming in the area. Which is not quite the same. It sounds as if they plan to land bank it until they can excuse building on it.

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    Daisy Roots

    Saturday, June 30, 2012

  • Since when has anyone had faith in Norfolk County Councils plans. They are having a laugh who wants to by carrots from land that is contaminated.

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