Housing Secretary promises to balance economic contribution of General Aviation with development needs

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has committed to ensure that the UK’s £3bn General Aviation sector can develop, in a letter to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG).

In the letter, which can be read in full below, the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP writes: “it is important to ensure that we balance the economic contribution of the general aviation sector with housing and commercial priorities, and that we identify exactly how this contribution is delivered, and what constitutes the critical infrastructure that is necessary to deliver them”.

The letter comes in response to the all-party group’s comments on the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which for the first time ever contains a reference to the importance of General Aviation. The draft framework is being consulted on until 10th May, and the all-party group is running a campaign to see four more minor amendments, to further strengthen the future of General Aviation aerodromes. More details about our campaign, which has already had thousands of responses, can be found here: http://www.generalaviationappg.uk/parliamentary-group-on-general-aviation-calls-for-united-response-to-governments-planning-consultation/

Commenting on the letter from the Housing Secretary, Grant Shapps MP, Chair of the 148-strong all-party group, said: “We welcome the commitment from the Secretary of State for Housing that his Department will work with the Department for Transport to ensure our valuable General Aviation sector can develop.

 “General Aviation in the UK contributes £3bn directly to UK plc every year, and employs more than 38,000 people in highly-skilled science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs. It’s so important that Government departments work together hand-in-glove, if we want to continue to train the pilots, air traffic controllers and engineers we need for the future.”

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Notes to editors

The draft National Planning Policy Framework, and associated consultation documents, can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/draft-revised-national-planning-policy-framework

The All-Party Parliamentary Group is running a campaign to urge four minor amendments to the draft framework. Please see here for more details: http://www.generalaviationappg.uk/nppf/