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Approval given for removal of perimeter track at Manby Airfield for use for ‘arable crop growing and livestock grazing’

Manby Motorplex from above, taken in 2012.

Manby Motorplex from above, taken in 2012.

 

Planning permission has been granted for the removal of the perimeter track at Manby Airfield to create land for ‘arable crop growing and livestock grazing’.

East Lindsey District Council gave the applicant GBM Waste Management the go ahead on Tuesday, May 28 for the work which had already been started in January.

According to the planning documents, the land will be used for ‘agricultural land and provision of stock piles to a maximum height of 4 metres’ and for ‘arable crop growing and livestock grazing’.

The airfield was part of RAF Manby which operated between 1938 and 1974 but in more recent years became a motorplex.

The 440-acre site was sold earlier this year to Simon Grantham of GBM, who told us at the time that he was ‘keeping his options open’ as to what his plans were.

In 2008 ELDC identified the site as a possible location for a 5,000-home ‘eco town’ and it was selected by the government on a shortlist of ten such sites, but the proposals were later withdrawn by the council.

The perimeter track which is 15-20 metres wide previously served the two main runways of the airfield and a small stretch of it will remain for access to the site entrance and former control tower.

ELDC spokesman James Gilbert said: “The planning application made by the applicant and his agent is in respect of the engineering works at the location, i.e the removal of the perimeter track.

“The applicant and his agent chose to retain the reference to returning the land to agriculture in the application despite permission not being required for this reversion.”

 

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