Objections over Oswestry model plane club's flight plan

Parish councillors are objecting to controversial plans for a model aircraft club to fly planes in a field near Oswestry throughout the year.

Oswestry Rural Parish Council says the noise will disturb residents and wildlife.

The parish councillors' concerns add to objections from a number of people who live near the field in Maesbury used by members of Oswestry and District Model Flying Club.

They say the sport makes their lives a misery.

The model plane club currently has permission to fly their aircraft in the field on 28 days of the year. Club members want to be able fly on any day they wish.

They say having the annual permit will help them boost membership and give them more flexibility. But the plan has sparked objections from residents and parish councillors.

In its objection to Shropshire Council, Oswestry Rural Parish Council says: "The parish council does not support this application. The noise, disturbance to residents, the small scale of the field, disturbance to wildlife and animals and an entirely inappropriate site for the sport.

"There are other clubs in close proximity for flyers to use and the one in the application is totally unsuitable."

Shropshire Council had hoped to have made a decision on the bid by the end of last month.

But the decision is still out for consideration after the council asked for further information.

The has now been lodged with the council by the club outlining where a cattle trailer, which members use as a shelter, will be located on the field. Details about where a toilet members use will be sited have also been lodged.

Club bosses already indicated they will appeal to a planning inspector if their bid is rejected.

The club had to appeal for permission to fly after it was refused approval by the now defunct Oswestry Borough Council in 2006 over noise concerns. That permission ran out after two years and since then members have been using a planning rule which allows them to fly their models on 28 days a year.

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