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There is an airport for sale in Cornwall (http://commercialsearch.savills.co.uk/content/assets/2000/Perranporth%20Airfield%20Sale%20Particulars.pdf)

It is the most intact WWII / Spitfire base remaining. The most recent owner has tried to upgrade the field by building a few more hangars so that it can continue to survive. He has been thwarted continuously because the owner of the closest competing airport for general aviation money is the same council that controls the planning permission process for upgrades to the airfield. I really struggle to understand how this conflict of interest can be legal.

I know that general aviation is seen as a luxury of the rich but for every £10 million biz jet, there are at least 2 to 3 sub £20k aircraft flown by enthusiasts who appreciate the aviation heritage in this country who scrimp and save to support their passion. I think that these legacy airfields are a bit like country pubs and shops : no-one wants to see them go but no-one does anything to keep them open.

The Nimbys complain about the noise. Current general aviation aircraft are much less noisy than Spitfires. The field has been open since 1941. A first time buyer who bought a home close to the field before it opened is at least 92 to-day. I am not sure that many 92 year olds are that bothered about general aviation noise.

I think that it would be crying shame if this field were to be abandoned. I think that it ranks ahead of Duxford in historical significance.

Edited by LuckyOne

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Oooooh, hang on, where can I sand £100 to help keep these enthusiasts hobby field open for them?

Seriously though I don't think that anyone but those with a direct VI in personal aviation would want to part with any cash or see the public purse pay for an otherwise private airfield.

IMO you would be better off splitting the airfield into 0.25 acre plots and building homes + infrastructure. You could do this on Davidstow airfield too and create a whole new decent town.

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First world problem.

One of my local hobby airfields might close because the council won't let the owner build things (what exactly is it he wants to build that's been thwarted by planning permission if he's already built new hangers?)

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The Nimbys complain about the noise. Current general aviation aircraft are much less noisy than Spitfires.

Bird flu is much less of a killer than the Black Death, still like it eradicated though.

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Looks like a nice spot/facility. I guess the question comes down to how historically valuable is it/could you make a viable business out of it? The remoteness looks like it would count against it businesswise as would the £1.6m loan required to buy it.

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