RAF Scampton

Previous activity

In 2018 the Ministry of Defence announced the closure of RAF Scampton and the relocation of the Red Arrows to RAF Waddington as part of this closure. The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) were instructed to close the site and facilitate its sale during the first half of 2023.

West Lindsey District Council has worked extensively with the DIO, Lincolnshire County Council and Scampton Parish Council (alongside other organisations) to ensure the best possible outcomes for the Scampton site and it’s future positioning within the wider district and county economy.  

A specific RAF Scampton policy was incorporated into the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan (CLLP) review to ensure the significance of the site is recognised, appropriate protection is put in place and to ensure the key challenges (linked to site development) are carefully managed. The Examination in Public was completed during November and December 2022. Modifications to the plan will be consulted upon during early 2023.

All documents can be found on the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan webpages.

In April 2022 we formally expressed interest in acquiring the site.

Current position

At the 15 December 2022 meeting of the West Lindsey Corporate Policy and Resources Committee, Councillors unanimously voted to continue work towards the acquisition and regeneration of the RAF Scampton site.

Councillors remarked that this is a "once in a lifetime opportunity" whilst recognising the scale of the challenge ahead.

This important decision is the next step towards protecting and enhancing the history and heritage of the site, whilst supporting the opportunity to provide economic and community prosperity.

There is still much work to do to find a suitable regeneration and development partner and this exercise is subject to a live procurement process expected to conclude in the first half of 2023.

A final decision on acquisition will be made at a future meeting of the Corporate Policy and Resources Committee.

How can members of the public express their views?

The CLLP consultation is now closed (it was open from March to May 2022).

Scampton Parish Council have developed a subcommittee for the closure of RAF Scampton which is currently active.

Community engagement will be an integral part of any redevelopment plan for the site and the bids invited by West Lindsey District Council require developers to illustrate how this will be at the heart of their redevelopment plans.