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We have objected to a planning application for retrospective consent to fly microlight aircraft from Bernwood Farm, Botolph Claydon, in north Buckinghamshire.
Botolph Claydon and its surroundings are extremely tranquil and unspoilt, unusually so for Buckinghamshire. The microlight aircraft, which are being flown here unlawfully, without planning permission, destroy the peace of the area.
In particular, the runways cross, or pass close to, the routes of public paths—two footpaths and one bridleway. One of the footpaths is part of the Bernwood Jubilee Way, a 61-mile route which explores the forgotten Bernwood Forest through quiet countryside. These paths are much enjoyed by walkers and riders, whose peace will be shattered by the microlights buzzing around, taking off and landing.
Says Kate Ashbrook, our general secretary: ‘We do not consider that the private indulgence of a few people should be at the expense of all those who want to enjoy this area for quiet recreation. It seems that the applicant, Mark Fowler, does not believe that public paths are important, which is a pity when he has them on his doorstep.
‘We have urged Aylesbury Vale District Council to reject this application, and trust it will take enforcement action against the unlawful microlight activity here,’ Kate concludes.