If you don't have access to the new 'What's on in Nocton, Lincolnshire' Facebook page, you might like to know the following information has been posted by a Nick Pratt of Sleaford:
'Ai500 have signed a 5 year exclusive deal to hold airsoft events (like the ones planned back in 2008) at old raf nocton hall. The first one is booked for october 2016 this year.'
Ai500 is on Facebook
I have checked and Ai500 is also on Facebook... and this is on public access where you can read the following:
'We recently signed the exclusive contacts on the new site for the October 2016 Ai500. Airsoft International also has the exclusive rights to the site for the next 5 years - 67 Acre's - Location Lincolnshire.'
Check out the video dated 7th May.
What is the AI500?
'At it’s simplest, the AI500 is a bi-annual airsoft game, run and hosted by Airsoft International.'
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/airsoftint/
Airsoft World Net: https://www.airsoftworld.net/
Parish Council meeting - Tues 10th May
I see from the Agenda for the meeting tonight 'Nocton Hall - Current Issues' features at Item 7:
'To receive a verbal report from the Chair and Cllr Jones following their meeting with LEDA Properties and NKDC on 9 May 2016.'
The Chair of the Parish Council commented yesterday on the 'What's on in Nocton, Lincolnshire' Facebook page:
"Having now spoken to LEDA at a meeting this afternoon with NKDC about the Hall site generally, we were told that the agreement for the use of the former hospital site by Airsoft has not yet been finalised but that it was expected to happen. There would, however, only be two such weekends a year and the position would be reviewed after the first couple of events. As it is for only two events a year, planning approval is not required as it is considered 'permitted development'. We are waiting a statement from LEDA about this matter which, hopefully, will be available in time for tomorrow's Parish Council meeting."
If you are interested in the latest news for Nocton Hall and RAF Nocton Hall, you may like to attend the Parish Council meeting and have the availability to ask further questions.
Planning Permission may not be required for the Ai500 event
This event may fall under General Permitted Development rights, however in certain circumstances prior approval has to be sought.
The Government has now comprehensively amended and consolidated the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 and the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2010. These came into effect on 15 April 2015 have been consolidated into the following documents:
- Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015.
- Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015.
What is Prior Approval?
Under Prior Approval, an intending developer wishing to take advantage of the permitted development rights must first notify the Council. If Prior Approval is refused the developer may then submit a full planning application in the normal way.
The prior approval process whereby a developer shall apply to the local planning authority for a determination as to whether the prior approval of the local planning authority will be required might typically include matters relating to:
- Transport, parking and highways impacts of the development, flooding risks on the site, and contaminated land risks on the site.
The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015
What are permitted development rights?
When is permission required?
For those of you that remember, we have encountered something similar before - back in 2008 - when there was an application to hold Airsoft events at RAF Nocton Hall:
War games planned at former stately home
'Zulu 1 has submitted proposals to stage Airsoft games on the former site of Nocton Hall at Nocton, near Lincoln.'
Villagers win battle against war-gamers
'Residents are elated after a war-gaming company has withdrawn its application to create a battlefield in a Lincolnshire village.'
Application No and Type: N/42/0595/08 (Full)
"Proposal: Change of use of land and buildings for recreation purposes as a new gaming centre
1. In the opinion of the Council, the proposal has the potential to cause demonstrable harm in terms of increase in noise, general disturbance and vehicular activity within the area, to the detriment of the peaceful rural character of the area and the residential amenities of the locality, contrary to policies C2(2), C5 and RST6 of the adopted North Kesteven Local Plan 2007 and to Government advice contained in Planning Policy Guidance Note 17 (Planning for Open Space, Sport and Recreation) and Planning Policy Guidance Note 24 (Planning and Noise)."
This was the old legislation however and also related to a Full Application rather than General Permitted Development... so a different beast altogether!