Article taken from: Chichester Observer 10/19/2007
Battle against homes on airfield site begins again.
The future of one of Britain's most historic airfields is under threat once again as Tangmere braces itself for plans for 102 more homes.
Campaigners won the battle against similar plans last year but the developer has drawn up a new plan backed by the parish council.
The proposals would see the site of the old West Sussex fire and rescue maintenance depot, off City Fields Way, flattened for a mixture of flats, houses and bungalows.
Director genreal of the airfields of Britain conservation trust Kenneth Bannerman said: "It is one of the top three most-loved airfields in Britain.
"Tangmere has always had a tremendously favourable reputation. People really care about the airfield.
"They demand a lot more respect."
The disused fire and rescue depot buildings, which include some buildings of historical importance dating back to World War II, will be demolished under the plan.
The officer's H block on the eastern side of the site will be saved, because in July it was protected as a Grade II listed building, meaning it can not be demolished.
Several other buildings of historic importance are under investigation by English Heritage to see if they can be classified as listed.
Secretary of the RAF historical association James Liskutin (34) said: "Rural areas are now becoming built up and we are losing the village feel.
"Maybe in three years' time we are going to find a part of Britain is going to be extinct, so right now is very important."
The airfield is close to many people's hearts as it stands as a reminder of its vital role in World War II.
Mr Liskutin added: "Tangmere is probably to me one of the most famous villages in Britain. It really does make an important point that this village should be kept in the condition it is right now.
"I think the community may lose something by having a lot of development taking place on it. These buildings are on top of the community."
Angela Salter (5 from Seaford, East Sussex, feels strongly about keeping the site as her brother was stationed there in the 1950s as a pilot.
She said: "It would be like going to the pyramids in Egypt and having a McDonald's next to it, you would lose the ambience."
Tangmere Parish Council is backing the plan as it would provide much-needed housing for the younger generation of the village's population, and it also fits in with the parish plan for housing.
Chairman of the parish council Andrew Irwin said: "We have a young population and there is a demand for people in the village to live in the area they grew up in.
"Tangmere has enough social rented housing and we need to balance it out with shared equity, that is the way for people to get on the ladder now."
To comment on this application write to Chichester District Council quoting the application number TG/07/04577/FUL.