Filton Airport Housing Approved

Plans to build up to 2,500 houses on the site of Filton Airport, Bristol, UK, were approved by the local South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) on December 15.
The airfield, once home to Britain’s Concorde production line, is due to close at the end of 2012 and the SGC has accepted that approximately two-thirds of the airfield’s land should be allocated for housing while the remainder can be used for business development.
The move is subject to a final decision expected from a planning inspector next spring.
Some South Gloucestershire Councillors say that they think that their decision will help to protect the green belt from further development in the future.
“At least now what we’ve done is to protect the rest of South Gloucestershire from unsustained development,” said Councillor Brian Allinson.   
However, Sir George White, great-grandson of airfield’s founder, criticized the plans, saying, “I think it is absolutely extraordinary that anybody could even contemplate destroying such an asset to this area.
“The aircraft industry has supplied a vast number of jobs over the years to this area, and that could continue but to fall for the trap of short-term return by building houses there, is sheer madness.”