Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 8°C


Bentwaters: RSPB hopes to resolve concerns over air base flying impact on birds

10:10 08 August 2014


Leaders of one of Britain’s biggest wildlife organisations say they are hoping to be able to resolve their concerns about proposals that could increase flying at the former Bentwaters air base.


The RSPB has not objected to the principle of aviation at the former USAF base and says not all flying causes harm to birds.

However, the society has expressed “significant concerns” in its submission to Suffolk Coastal on the blueprint for the future of the 380-hectare site, but is hoping these can be addressed before the application comes before councillors.

RSPB conservation officer Jacqui Miller said: “Our objection was on the grounds that the applicants had not provided sufficient information to fully assess the impacts of proposed flight activity on birds at designated nature conservation sites.

“This information would enable any potentially significant impacts on birds to be identified, and therefore ensure that measures can be put in place to avoid or reduce any predicted impacts.

“Bentwaters is very close to some of the Suffolk coast’s internationally important nature conservation sites, which support bird species that can be very sensitive to aircraft disturbance.

“Flying does not always result in harm to birds, however, some flights (even occasional flights) do cause disturbance, due to factors including the type of aircraft, their altitude and how long the flight is in the vicinity of sensitive species.

“We have also raised our concerns through regular correspondence with the relevant parties with the aim of resolving these outstanding issues with the application.”

Bentwaters Parks and Stansall Properties Ltd are seeking permission for 960 air movements a year – fewer than two flights a day – for a Spitfire, heritage aerobatic aircraft, some business flights, and an annual air show.

The applicants say the aim is to regularise flying and not to greatly increase the number of flights.

Planning consultant Steven Bainbridge, of Evolution Town Planning, for Bentwaters Parks, said noise assessments submitted to Suffolk Coastal were based on worst-case scenarios and not actual flying that would take place.

The applicants firmly believe their proposals sit against an established background of wider aviation activity in the area and will have no significant adverse impact on tranquillity.



  • If 'Disgruntled of Aldeburgh ' made a note of each time the Bentwaters Spitfire (i have seen other Spitfires over this area) was over aldeburgh i bet its no more than once every two to three weeks. And that is ruining the peace and quiet ? The bentwaters campaign group once said that 'there are 10 commercial flights a month going into bentwaters', well what are they ?? , just a pack of lies like everything else they have said. Also why would an aircraft want to fly where there are large amounts of birdlife ? its one of the things that pilots try hard to avoid isn't it ?.

    Report this comment


    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Nothing new here. Why has it been written? When is a decision due? That's the only story that is needed.

    Report this comment


    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Sorry that remark was aimed towards Disgruntled of Aldeburgh

    Report this comment


    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • And how often does that happen then, yep thought not

    Report this comment


    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • How strange that this story showing the Acrobatic aircraft earlier has been taken off, could not be something to do with the peoples opinion of the NIMBYs by any chance could it.

    Report this comment


    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Get it right! Its not the majority of Aldeburgh people complaining! Its the people who have recently moved to the Town or are only here 6 months of the year!!! If it was up to me I would reopen the site as a operating airfield once again

    Report this comment

    Andy S

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Aldeburgh folk don't like seagulls, church bells and caravans. Now we learn they dislike that rara avis, the vintage aircraft. They do like rich people with full wallets, however gross their nocturnal behaviour. Aldeburgh vying with Southwold for the title 'most repugnant out-of-towners'.

    Report this comment

    Rita WAG

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • The hell with the birds. What about the noise disturbing PEOPLE. Love the Spitfire but it can be a real nuisance when it flies over us in Aldeburgh so often, doing paid-for trips over the bay for rich people to enjoy at the expense of our peace and quiet. The idea of more commercial flights is very depressing.

    Report this comment

    Disgruntled of Aldeburgh

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Dear god.... I imagine the RSPB are fully subscribed to the shut down Wattisham campaign as well. We would want anything disturbing the birdies

    Report this comment


    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • Not this story line again.

    Report this comment

    The original Victor Meldrew

    Friday, August 8, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Woman conned by bogus caller (Stock photo)

A Hadleigh woman who lost £2,500 in a police scam has warned others to be alert to the crime.

Members of the nursing team at Ipswich Hospital.

Carers and visitors of people being looked after at Ipswich Hospital will next month be able to spend more time with patients as new extended visiting hours are introduced.

She was last seen in the area of Downside Close in Ipswich.

Concern is growing for a 49-year-old woman who has gone missing in Ipswich.

Part of Sue Brooks' photograph of pupils and staff at Fonnereau House School, Ipswich, in 1952. Are you in the picture?

I recently asked readers if they had memories of Fonnereau House School, Ipswich, which was in Fonnereau Road, close to High Street.

Essex police are investigating a robbery at Jaywick.

An 88-year-old Essex man suffered a broken hip when he was knocked to the ground by robbers who burst into his Jaywick home.

Doors reopen on the new look East of England Co-op Daily store in Woodbridge Thoroughfare. Staff members, left to right, Chloe Williams, James Buckles, Shirley Pierce.

Shoppers were greeted by the sight of a new-look Co-op on their high street yesterday, when a Suffolk branch of the store reopened following three weeks of refurbishment.

HGV drink-driver in court

A lorry driver carrying a trailer full of wine has admitted dangerous driving when weaving between lanes on the A14 while three times over the drink-drive limit.

Dan Poulter with Lord Robert Winston

ES 18.3.11

Suffolk County Council’s cabinet training day at Elstree film studios in Hertfordshire has come under fire from Conservative MP and former minister Dr Dan Poulter.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A teenager must pay nearly £300 in fines and court costs after admitting being drunk and disorderly in Kesgrave.

Ipswich Park and Ride. Martlesham.

The two remaining park and ride sites in Ipswich could close in three years’ time if there is not a substantial increase in the number of motorists using them.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Suffolk's trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the Ipswich Star e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24