Positive discussions between Gatwick Airport and Thakeham over the design of the new housing and community development in Pease Pottage, which include a proposal for a new hospice, have resulted in amended development plans to address concerns over the threat of bird strike to aircraft.
The new development plans include modifications to water bodies and green spaces making the development less attractive to birds that could be hazardous to aircraft. The revisions follow constructive discussions between Thakeham and Gatwick Airport to better understand the airport’s responsibilities from an aerodrome safeguarding perspective. The changes to the development design include a bird hazard management plan.
The proposed development is a joint venture between local hospice St Catherine’s and development partner Thakeham. Plans include up to 600 new homes, a new hospice, community hall, shop and café, as well as a primary school.
Thakeham is pleased to have successfully agreed a modified plan with Gatwick Airport following constructive discussions to better understand the airport's decision.