Snowdonia Aerospace Centre Danger Area Airspace Change Proposal

Closed 22 Jan 2021

Opened 7 Dec 2020

Results expected 1 Feb 2021

Feedback expected 8 Feb 2021

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Overview

The aim of this consultation is to seek stakeholders views on the introduction of a change in designation of airspace at and around the Snowdonia Aerospace Centre at Llanbedr Aerodrome.

Snowdonia Aerospace LLP is continuing to progress and further develop a number of complementary business opportunities at Llanbedr Aerodrome relating to research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) of next-generation UK aerospace - e.g. drones (particularly non-military “drones for good”), electric aircraft, urban/regional air mobility vehicles, balloons, airships, near-space testing etc. To support these operations, action is required to upgrade and formalise the current airspace around the Aerodrome as the present provision is insufficient to meet the identified future need and risks restricting opportunities that are in the strategic economic interest of the UK and Welsh governments and required to sustain long term employment in the region. 

Snowdonia Aerospace has to date operated under a Temporary Danger Area when undertaking activities of the nature described above. Due to the restrictions associated with a Temporary Danger Area, we are now proposing to introduce a Permanent Danger Area at Llanbedr Aerodrome. This will not increase the present volume of segregated airspace around Llanbedr Aerodrome associated with the current Temporary Danger Area approach, but changing to a Permanent Danger Area will allow us to increase throughput to satisfy the market need and provide UK businesses in the aerospace sector with a surety of being able to operate in the UK on a reactive basis. Note that “Permanent” merely means the designation is permanent and does not have to be applied for on a repeated basis. None of the areas of the proposed Danger Area will be permanently active.

The purpose of this consultation is for you, our stakeholders, to respond effectively to the information we have provided. 

Why we are consulting

This consultation allows Snowdonia Aerospace, who is the Change Sponsor, to gather and consider views and information from relevant stakeholders about any potential impacts of this Airspace Change Proposal (ACP). Stakeholders have a crucial role to play in providing relevant and timely feedback to Snowdonia Aerospace with their views and opinions on any impact of this ACP.

The Consultation Document can be read in conjunction with the Consultation Strategy, which outlines the consultation approach, and Full Options Appraisal, which assesses the costs, benefits, and potential environmental impacts of introducing the new procedures.

You have the opportunity to provide relevant feedback, which may conflict with that of other stakeholders.  After the consultation has ended, we will consider all your feedback and then produce the final design proposal, which may differ from that described in this document.

The consultation begins on 7th December 2020 and ends on 22nd January 2021.

What happens next

After the consultation period has ended, the feedback of everyone who responds to the consultation will be taken into account and the Change Sponsor will follow current government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) guidance to take forward the proposal. 

Snowdonia Aerospace will consider all of the feedback received and, where possible, specific responses and/or key themes will influence the development of the final submission to the CAA.  The outcome of the consultation will be captured in a Consultation Report, which will summarise the themes and Snowdonia Aerospace’s response to any issues raised.  The Consultation Report will be available to download via the CAA airspace change portal for the Snowdonia Aerospace ACP.

Events

  • Public Drop-In Session #1

    From 10 Dec 2020 at 10:00 to 10 Dec 2020 at 16:00

    We invite you to come along to one of our public drop-in sessions to find out more, ask questions or submit a response in person. Note that Session 2 will be prioritised as a Welsh language event. All events will be held in the Main Hangar at the Snowdonia Aerospace Centre, Llanbedr LL45 2PX. There will be free parking immediately outside the Main Hangar and a one-way pedestrian system in place inside and outside to ensure adequate social distancing in line with the latest Covid-19 best practice for public events. Refreshments and toilet facilities will be available and all the facilities are accessible to disabled visitors.

  • Public Drop-In Session #2 (Welsh language event)

    From 11 Dec 2020 at 10:00 to 11 Dec 2020 at 16:00

    We invite you to come along to one of our public drop-in sessions to find out more, ask questions or submit a response in person. Note that Session 2 will be prioritised as a Welsh language event. All events will be held in the Main Hangar at the Snowdonia Aerospace Centre, Llanbedr LL45 2PX. There will be free parking immediately outside the Main Hangar and a one-way pedestrian system in place inside and outside to ensure adequate social distancing in line with the latest Covid-19 best practice for public events. Refreshments and toilet facilities will be available and all the facilities are accessible to disabled visitors.

  • Public Drop-In Session #3

    From 12 Dec 2020 at 10:00 to 12 Dec 2020 at 14:00

    We invite you to come along to one of our public drop-in sessions to find out more, ask questions or submit a response in person. Note that Session 2 will be prioritised as a Welsh language event. All events will be held in the Main Hangar at the Snowdonia Aerospace Centre, Llanbedr LL45 2PX. There will be free parking immediately outside the Main Hangar and a one-way pedestrian system in place inside and outside to ensure adequate social distancing in line with the latest Covid-19 best practice for public events. Refreshments and toilet facilities will be available and all the facilities are accessible to disabled visitors.