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Airfield conditions revealed
STRICT conditions have been laid out to control an airfield which was controversially given the go ahead to host helicopters and flying lessons.
Tendring Council granted Great Oakley Airfield retrospective planning permission to host flying lessons as well as permission to allow helicopters onto the site in December last year.
Amidst resident complaints that their village was being blighted by noise, Tendring Council said it would only allow the airfield to run under revised conditions.
They were agreed at Tendring Council’s planning meeting on Tuesday, January 29, and include having a maximum of three helicopter and 30 aeroplane take offs a day – with a maximum yearly cap of 3650 take offs.
Other than in an emergency no helicopter or aeroplane can land or take off at the airfield between 9pm and 8.30am. The airfield cannot be offered to helicopters for anything other than business use and no helicopter flight training can be given.
Noise restrictions are also in place.