Small propeller driven aircraft have flown from the privately owned Headcorn airfield for many years, using a grass airstrip between the two world wars. During the 1960s unplanned growth at the airfield raised public concerns and following pressure from Headcorn Parish Council (HPC), two Planning Inquiries took place in the 1970s. Planning Permission was granted by the Inspector with a series of planning conditions, under which (with a few adjustments) the airfield continues to fly. It is also licensed and regularly inspected by the Civil Aviation Authority.
The Headcorn Aerodrome Consultative Committee (HACC), also a result pf the inquiry, was duly constituted by Maidstone Borough Council’s legal department as a liaison between the airfield and the neighbouring parishes, Headcorn in particular. It consists of parish, borough and county councillors plus representatives from the various organisations that fly from the airfield. HPC is currently represented on HACC by Cllr Linda Thorogood.
The airfield continues to be used by General Aviation using grass runways. Public areas are available for watching the aircraft. More details about the activities including special events can be found on the website Headcorn Aerodrome in Kent – EGKH
The operator, Jamie Freeman, can often be reached on 01622 890226 for comments or questions. He produces each year a list of days voluntarily designated as aerobatic free days, which is published by HPC. Recently he has enhanced the voluntary No Fly Zones around the main flight circuit. Both actions in order to mitigate local noise disturbance.
Any issues regarding the airfield should be addressed to HACC c/o The Airfield, Shenley Road, Headcorn or to the Clerks office on email@example.com
Please take part in our residents’ survey to help shape Headcorn’s future over the next 15 years. The survey is easy to complete and is important for the development of our village.
Why take part?
Neighbourhood Plans help communities influence planning policies in their area, so it is important that they reflect the views of residents. Importantly, if we have a Neighbourhood Plan in place, the local community will have more say about how funding for infrastructure in Headcorn is spent.
As some of you will remember, this is the second time that Headcorn Parish Council has decided to produce a Neighbourhood Plan. The first attempt was hugely popular with residents, but, after it was submitted, significant delays in the examination process meant it was overtaken by events. Despite this, the work that went into it still delivered significant benefits. For example, the infrastructure priorities it identified led to: a decision both to expand Headcorn primary school to meet demand for places and to keep it in the heart of the village; and improvements in the sewerage system.
Headcorn’s new Neighbourhood Plan will build on this, and will cover issues such as:
Once completed the plan will become part of the framework governing planning policy in Headcorn over the next 15 years, allowing us to influence what happens in our community. So, the policies we introduce in Headcorn’s Neighbourhood Plan will have teeth. It is therefore vital that our Neighbourhood Plan reflects the views of local residents. This is where this survey comes in – your views really matter, so please fill it in!
How to take part?
Anyone, who is aged 14 or over, can take part in the survey. To take part click here
and start filling it in. It is very simple – you can even complete the survey on your smart phone. Then tell all your friends in Headcorn about it, so they can do it too! Responses are needed by Sunday 14th March.
COVID means that we cannot provide paper copies of the survey for people to fill in, but there will be several other opportunities to influence the Neighbourhood Plan development. However, if you want to take part in the survey, but have a problem please contact the Parish Clerk on 01622 892496.
On behalf of the Headcorn Parish Council and Residents of Headcorn, thank you! We hope that you are keeping safe in these difficult times.
Cllr Lyn Selby, Chairman of the Headcorn Parish Council