Noise fears on airbase training plan
6:00pm Saturday 17th August 2013 in Latest News
Hilmarton Parish Council has sent a letter of objection to Wiltshire Council after discussing plans to redevelop RAF Lyneham and hearing concerns about noise levels.
The concerns were raised after residents read a noise assessment paper included in the planning application for a new £230m military training school at the site.
Under the proposals, outdoor activities on the land would include: running and brake testing armoured vehicles; six firing lanes to be used for up to eight hours daily; two to six Jaguar aircraft taxiing at the site for three hours a day; ambush training; and demonstration control.
The letter from the parish council acknowledges the benefit the new college will bring to the local economy but said a proper consultation should take place to explain the complex proposal.
The letter said: “Hilmarton Parish Council is represented on the MoD organised Lyneham steering group, which despite acting as the forum for all community-related matters concerning the new village, unfortunately has not raised the issue.
“The report has references to Hercules operating out of the former Lyneham airbase on a 24/7 basis in an apparent attempt to show that potential noise levels and timings from training would be little different.
“No attempt is made to support this comparison, but it is misleading since noise patterns from the Hercules were quite different and night flights were unusual.”
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