Thursday, 7 December 2017

Nocton Hall/RAF Hospital - breaking news

Repairs carried out

Following the reported damage - see blog dated 23 Nov 2017 - I am pleased to say the large gates to the RAF Hospital site have now been repaired. New hinges have been welded and metal plating applied to the lower level. A quick response by the owners to secure the site again.

RAF Nocton Hall [image dated 05 Dec 2017]

Planning - Screening Request for EIA Development

The following application has been submitted to North Kesteven District Council:

17/1778/EIASCR | Residential development of up to 150 dwellings | Nocton Hall Nocton Lincoln Lincolnshire LN4 2BA

Application Rec'd: 04 Dec 2017
Validated: 04 Dec 2017
Expiry date: 18 Dec 2017
Deadline: 25 Dec 2017

Case Officer: Steve Harvey
Applicant: Jennifer Coppock, Mayfield House, 256 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7DE

Jennifer Coppock
Tel: 01865 404407  Mob: 07768 071 670

Carter Jonas is a multi-disciplinary property partnership with core services of residential, commercial, rural, and planning and development.  It is ranked as the 14th largest employer of town planners in the UK (Planning Magazine, 2016) and employs around 50 chartered town planners, planning and development surveyors, and those working towards qualification. There are teams based in London, Cambridge, Oxford, Harrogate and Leeds, advising clients right across the UK.

N.B. Kemp and Kemp were acquired by Carter Jones LLP on 1 May 2017.

Planning - what is a 'screening request'?

'Screening' is a procedure used to determine whether a proposed project is likely to have significant effects on the environment. It should normally take place at an early stage in the design of the project.

The EIA [Environmental Impact Assessment] Regulations place a number of responsibilities on planning authorities, which relate to the different stages of the EIA process.

Stage 1: Screening to determine whether EIA is required

The EIA Regulations only apply to certain types of development, and before the Council can request an EIA it must determine whether the proposal is subject to the Regulations and can be classified as ‘EIA development’, and decide whether EIA is required in that particular case. This process is called 'screening' and there are two ways in which it can be applied:
  • A developer can ask the planning authority to give an EIA screening opinion before the application for planning permission is submitted.
  • Where a planning application has been submitted without an environmental statement and alternatively no request has been made in the past for a screening opinion, the planning authority has the right to adopt an EIA screening opinion for the proposal, which will determine whether or not the scheme requires EIA.

Stage 2: Scoping to determine what information should be covered by an EIA

Where a proposed scheme is determined to be ‘EIA development’, the developer can ask the planning authority for advice on the scope of the information to be gathered during the EIA and to be covered in the Environmental Statement (which reports on the findings of the EIA).

Stage 3: Reviewing the adequacy of environmental statements

Once an environmental statement has been submitted with a planning application the planning authority can request additional information if it considers the environmental statement to be inadequate. The adequacy of environmental statements is determined by comparison with the content requirements of the EIA Regulations.


  1. Ah memories!

    Hello, and I lived on RAF Nocton Hall for a couple of years following my father's posting there in the early Sixties.

    I was a young lad then and have fond memories of my time at the village school, as well as the many times my classmates and I would walk up from the NCO's accomodation, past the Hall, across a field, out of the camp and along a wooded path that took us to the cemetary, where we would turn right and arrive at school, hopefully on time.

    It's good to see that access to the camp is being protected even today because it harbours so many memories for both former servicemen and their children, so keep up the good work and I wish you and everyone else in Nocton a very pleasant Sunday.

    Best wishes,

    Michael Cosgrove (real name)

  2. Hi Michael and thank you for reciting your memories. Reading through the history archive material and listening to the many stories of local people who served at the hospital, it seems like it was a good place to work, live and receive care. It is a shame to see it so dilapidated - I just hope the site can be developed and put to a positive use. Wishing you a good Xmas and New Year.


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