Hatfield Aerodrome, the quarry and the plume
Land for the early Hatfield Aerodrome was brought by De Havilland in the 1930s. During WW2 the Mosquito fighter bomber was made here in its factories.
Later the airfield became part of Hawker Sidley and then passed to BAe, who ceased aircraft production in 1993.
The airfield closed, but for a brief period became a film set for Saving Private Ryan and TV series Band of Brothers.
The developers brought the 400-acre site, and part of it became the Hatfield Business Development. Hertfordshire University was built here.
A green belt, called Ellenbrook Fields was proposed as a gap between Hatfield and St Albans.
A mineral plan was also part of the old airfield to the west of the site.
An early preferred area taking the whole of Ellenbrook fields
The new site now moved away from bromate plume
The site was part of an allocated Preferred Area in the 2007 Minerals Local Plan.
* February 2016, Brett Aggregates applied for a quarry, and the application (5/0394-16) was heard on the 25th January 2017 subject to 5 provisions, one of these provisions included a deed of variation between the land owners (Arlington) and all the various Councils.
* A public exhibition held on Friday 28th October 2015
Planning permission was granted in December 2000 for a mixed use development. The Section 106 agreement forming part of the planning permission provided for the creation of a country park on the land to the west of Ellenbrook. The agreement was guided by the Hatfield Aerodrome Supplementary Planning Guidance document adopted by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council in November 1999.
The establishment of the country park has not been carried out but remains a requirement of the original Section 106 agreement and is still enforceable.
Consultation Draft Mineral Plan 2017 Spatial Planning and Economy Unit
“The deed of variation had not been completed within 1 year and the matter must be referred to the committee (DCC) for a decision on how to proceed. Therefore, planning permission has not been granted”
David Williams CC