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PLANS to build up to 65 new homes on an RAF airfield in Church Fenton have been opposed by residents who say it will take away the village’s unique character.

The proposal, submitted to Selby District Council, could see houses built for residential development on Busk Lane, Church Fenton - a former Second World War airfield site.

The authority will make decision on the planning application at the end of June.

A report on the scheme, which has been put forward by Tej Properties Ltd, on behalf of Mr Tejpartap Sahota, said they would use the “disused and derelict” site to meet housing targets across the area.

However residents have now lodged objections to the proposals which they say will affect the town’s unique character, increase traffic and have a detrimental affect on wildlife in the area.

Diane Shaw, of Dorts Crescent, Church Fenton who lodged an objection against the proposal wrote: “I really feel that the community should be considered.

“So much more could be done with this land which would benefit so many people both young and old alike.

“There could be employment opportunities, a care home for the elderly, business opportunities, recreational activities, our history would be preserved and the wildlife would have somewhere to live.”

“To demolish the building and erect new houses would just be helping to build Church Fenton into yet another town without any character, history or care for the residents.”

But the report said the development would improve the area as it was sensitively planned, was well designed and fitted in well with its surroundings.

Tej Properties said its scheme would help knit Church Fenton together in terms of housing and would also provide extra open space for the village’s current residents.

It also said that, while some buildings with “no architectural significance” would be demolished, others could be retained for future development to ensure “the historical use of the site will be maintained for future generations.”

The development would be built between an existing residential estate and the operational part of the air base, and the properties would be mainly family housing.

A report drawn up by developers said most of the buildings at the air base have been unused since 1992 - when it was closed, before given a reprieve three years later as a home for the Yorkshire University Air Squadron following closure of RAF Finningley - and are now in a “state of repair.”

RAF Church Fenton, which opened in 1937, was extensively used in the Second World War.

It is now used as an airfield training centre and is home to 2434 Church Fenton Air Training Corps.

To view the plans or to make a comment go to the Selby District Council wesbite and follow the link http://www.selby.gov.uk via public access typing in the reference code

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