Appeal can save aviation museum's future

Bournemouth Echo: ON SHOW: Aircraft on display  at  Bournemouth Aviation Museum at Hurn ON SHOW: Aircraft on display at Bournemouth Aviation Museum at Hurn

TRUSTEES at Bournemouth Aviation Museum say it may be in serious danger of closing unless they can successfully appeal a planning decision that rejected the permanent siting of their static display at Adventure Wonderland.

Due to difficulties in finding the money to pay for a new application for another three-year temporary permission, the museum say their only real option is to hope a planning inspector disagrees with the council’s decision.

The trustees who manage the Hurn display were disappointed by the rej- ection of their request to permanently put their static aviation display at the green belt site, along with five portable buildings and two toilets.

Planning officers felt the proposal constituted “inappropriate development” within the Green Belt, which would harm its “landscape character and amenity quality”.

They also felt the junction of Parley Lane and Merritown Lane was unsuitable to cater for the additional traffic generated by the proposal.

However, chairman of the trustees, David Marsh said: “We could be in serious danger of closing if we can’t win this on appeal.

“We are grateful for the support we have received and this at least doing this will give us time to get more.

“We will have to look at the costs of an appeal but at present this seems like the best option.”

He added: “We are trying to find another site but obviously this also involves significant costs, something we just can’t afford. We’ve already taken steps to reduce our costs and are doing everything we can to reduce our outgoings.”

Supporters of the museum at bournemouthecho.co.uk queried the council decision to refuse the scheme.

Penhale said: “As if this small static display is going to cause traffic congestion, what nonsense. Green belt land? What nonsense.

“It has been there for three years without any detriment to traffic, you can hardly see it from the road so no views are lost like in Bournemouth with the Imax.”

Radical added: “Most other councils across the country are moving heaven and earth to attract more and more visitor attractions to their area, but not in Dorset it seems.

“I don’t see any detriment, green belt or traffic wise considering there's a major airport on the other side of the road and a theme park right next door, plus it has been there for three years.”

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4:00pm Thu 27 Oct 11

Tezzer1965 says...

The thing to remember with the planning department is that they will screw every last concession and every last penny out of you before they will give you permission to do anything.
A few years ago I had a run in with the planning department when I was converting a couple of flats and I found them to be awkward in every way, so much so that I eventually told them to stuff it. Only when they'd pushed me that far did they feel they'd had every last concession they were going to get from me and approved my application!
My advice would be to persevere with staying where you are as quite frankly the council's reasons for refusing your application to stay permanently are hogwash. If the current site was as inappropriate as the council are now claiming, why did they agree to it on a temporary basis in the first place?
The thing to remember with the planning department is that they will screw every last concession and every last penny out of you before they will give you permission to do anything. A few years ago I had a run in with the planning department when I was converting a couple of flats and I found them to be awkward in every way, so much so that I eventually told them to stuff it. Only when they'd pushed me that far did they feel they'd had every last concession they were going to get from me and approved my application! My advice would be to persevere with staying where you are as quite frankly the council's reasons for refusing your application to stay permanently are hogwash. If the current site was as inappropriate as the council are now claiming, why did they agree to it on a temporary basis in the first place? Tezzer1965
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4:02pm Thu 27 Oct 11

Old Colonial says...

Let us hope there is a successful outcome to all this for the Museum.

Unfortunately however, it seems the site actually is designated as greenbelt. If my memory serves me right, the application to put the theme park there in the first place was passed by councillors against the advice of their planning officers. So perhaps a bit of unwelcome history surfacing.
Let us hope there is a successful outcome to all this for the Museum. Unfortunately however, it seems the site actually is designated as greenbelt. If my memory serves me right, the application to put the theme park there in the first place was passed by councillors against the advice of their planning officers. So perhaps a bit of unwelcome history surfacing. Old Colonial
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4:49pm Thu 27 Oct 11

That's Bonkers! says...

I would think most of the people visiting the museum are already there visiting the theme park anyway so the additional traffic would be negligible!

The area concerned may be green belt but it's next door to our 'part time' airport and a gravel pit & processing facility which have both undergone substantial recent development.

I bet the Airport won't have any problems putting their new hotel in the greenbelt! (nod nod wink wink!)

Lets hope sense prevails and we don't lose a local attraction!
I would think most of the people visiting the museum are already there visiting the theme park anyway so the additional traffic would be negligible! The area concerned may be green belt but it's next door to our 'part time' airport and a gravel pit & processing facility which have both undergone substantial recent development. I bet the Airport won't have any problems putting their new hotel in the greenbelt! (nod nod wink wink!) Lets hope sense prevails and we don't lose a local attraction! That's Bonkers!
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6:05pm Thu 27 Oct 11

Tezzer1965 says...

Perhaps the Wonderland Park could introduce a £2-50 charge for driving up the road to the park to help the aviation museum survive? Oh but that would be a silly thing to do and it would alienate the very people the attraction needs to survive. Shame the muppets in charge over the road haven't realised that yet.
Perhaps the Wonderland Park could introduce a £2-50 charge for driving up the road to the park to help the aviation museum survive? Oh but that would be a silly thing to do and it would alienate the very people the attraction needs to survive. Shame the muppets in charge over the road haven't realised that yet. Tezzer1965
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6:05pm Thu 27 Oct 11

Tezzer1965 says...

Perhaps the Wonderland Park could introduce a £2-50 charge for driving up the road to the park to help the aviation museum survive? Oh but that would be a silly thing to do and it would alienate the very people the attraction needs to survive. Shame the muppets in charge over the road haven't realised that yet.
Perhaps the Wonderland Park could introduce a £2-50 charge for driving up the road to the park to help the aviation museum survive? Oh but that would be a silly thing to do and it would alienate the very people the attraction needs to survive. Shame the muppets in charge over the road haven't realised that yet. Tezzer1965
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6:50pm Thu 27 Oct 11

Old Harry says...

Times are hard and it is unlikely that the trust are ever going to be in the financial position to build the dream exhibit they hoped for. Perhaps it is time to call it a day and call in the scrap metal guy.
Times are hard and it is unlikely that the trust are ever going to be in the financial position to build the dream exhibit they hoped for. Perhaps it is time to call it a day and call in the scrap metal guy. Old Harry
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7:42pm Thu 27 Oct 11

Bournehammer68 says...

It's green belt land. end of. we don't want another dale farm!
It's green belt land. end of. we don't want another dale farm! Bournehammer68
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7:48pm Thu 27 Oct 11

speedy231278 says...

How exactly is a collection of historical aircraft and associated paraphernalia 'another Dale Farm'....?
How exactly is a collection of historical aircraft and associated paraphernalia 'another Dale Farm'....? speedy231278
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2:37pm Fri 28 Oct 11

Western Sunset says...

Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole have a long association with flying and the aircraft industry. It'd be a real shame if this piece of the area's heritage were allowed to slip away due to inaction by the Council.

Christchurch, in particular, should be doing everything to promote this museum, rather than put barriers in its way.
Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole have a long association with flying and the aircraft industry. It'd be a real shame if this piece of the area's heritage were allowed to slip away due to inaction by the Council. Christchurch, in particular, should be doing everything to promote this museum, rather than put barriers in its way. Western Sunset
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1:46pm Sun 30 Oct 11

ben131297 says...

Can't possibly allow something that could cause patriotism!
Can't possibly allow something that could cause patriotism! ben131297
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