Richard CornwellFriday, August 8, 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.