Airfield sale in High Court

A battle over the £8m sell-off by the MoD of a famous airfield is to go to the High Court. Mr Justice Jackson has given leave for campaigners to seek judicial review of the plans to sell the 536-acre Kemble airfield near Cirencester to developers MEPC. The judge ruled that a consortium made up of tenants and former owners of the one-time Second World War RAF base, which was also once the base for the RAF’s red arrows team, have an arguable case. At the application for leave, Robin Purchas QC, argued that the MoD was obliged to offer to sell the airfield to the consortium’s members before putting it on the open market and that there had been insufficient consultation prior to the sell-off move.