News: 22 February 2019Plans approved to improve Bagby Airfield

Plans to revamp Bagby Airfield near Thirsk have been approved by Hambleton District Council.

In a move that provides nearby residents and airfield users with clarity about the future of the airfield – plans were approved to refurbish and replace ageing hangers, develop a clubhouse with bedrooms and catering facilities, and create new taxiways.

Martin Scott, the owner of Bagby Airfield, was supported in the process by our planning team.

He said the plans would significantly improve facilities at the private airfield – which is used by hobbyist pilots, businesspeople, horserace goers traveling to race meetings and is home to an aircraft servicing and maintenance business.

Martin added: “Bagby is a fantastic airfield and our plans will ensure it remains an important resource for people learning to fly, leisure pilots, and businesses.

“There will be no change to the type of aircraft using the site, but our improvements will bring substantial investment.”

The plans include the conversion of a maintenance facility into a clubhouse with bedrooms to be used by pilots, staff of the airfield and trainees.

There will be no change to the layout of buildings on the 15.6 hectare site, though a new access track from Bagby Lane will save airfield traffic going into the village.

Works will also address the ad-hoc look of the site’s buildings, providing a modern, consistent appearance.

Planning Director, Stuart Natkus said: “This is a positive step forward for Bagby Airfield – providing certainty for users and nearby residents about the usage of the site.

“The owners of the site have carefully considered the needs of both groups as well as independent aviation and legal consultants who also contributed to the formation of the plans.

“A business plan has also been created to demonstrate the robust future for the airfield.”

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