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Wellesbourne Mountford Airfield


by Ian Homer. Posted to category: General

Home of Vulcan XM655 is under threat

Wellesbourne Mountford from the air. Credit: Stratford Herald.

Many of you will have been following the story of the developments surrounding Wellesbourne Mountford Airfield, home of Avro Vulcan XM655.

It’s sad to report, but on Monday of this week, Judge Richard Hayden Williams ruled in favour of the airfield owners over the dispute associated with ending of current tenancies. In an effort to secure their futures at the site, businesses had applied to extend their leases at the airfield, but Monday’s ruling stated that new leases will not be issued

Vulcan XM655 is maintained by the 655 Maintenance and Preservation Group. The Airfield owns XM655. 655 MaPS are only custodians and thus are reluctant to comment given the current situation.

This is not a ruling associated with Planning permissions or submissions related to a potential housing development on the site. However, given that the landlords have already served notice on the airfield tenants, it opens the way to an application being submitted for demolition.

The landlord, Littler Investments, have stated that they wish to work with the current tenants to enable them to relocate before the three month deadline of 15th October this year.

Previously Stratford District Council have indicated that they would consider use of their powers of  Compulsory Purchase Order but a statement this week from the Council said that they were very disappointed with the outcome and they will consider all options.

XM655 sits on her pan at Wellesbourne Mountford - Credit: Isabel Jackson.

The Vulcan to the Sky Trust have, over the years, assisted 655MaPS with spares and likewise, they offered their support to XH558 during her restoration and flying years.

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We hope that the outcome will not be the disaster that many fear and we will keep you informed as and when we hear further news.

The Campaign Group working to save Wellesbourne from development made this statement. 

 


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