Filton is one of the oldest and most historic airfields in the
original airfield at Filton opened in 1910, and since that
time it has played a significant role in supporting many
aviation and aerospace
companies that have evolved around the site.
Today, these companies include BAE Systems, Airbus, Rolls
Royce, GKN and MBDA.
As well as multinational corporations, a number of smaller
companies call Filton home. Aeros Flight Training school are
based at the airfield and it is also regularly used for pilot
training by other organisations such as Oxford Aviation and
Naturally an airfield over one hundred years old has a
Numerous aircraft types and engines have been built at Filton,
many pioneering, and many historic aircraft have other strong
connections with the site.
Even by Filton's standards, one aircraft type was particularly
special - Concorde
All of the British built Concordes were built at Filton. The
last of them,
Concorde 216 (known as Alpha Fox from her registration mark of
the last ever Concorde to fly, landing at Filton for the last
26 November 2003.
Proposed Closure and Sale
Filton Airfield is currently owned and operated by BAE
Systems. However, with
little use for it themselves, BAE are looking to close the
airfield in December 2012 and sell
it for the biggest profit available.
The land which Filton Airfield occupies has the most value if
allowed to be built on it. BAE has already approached both the
Council and developers with a view to securing a change of use
for the site, thereby maximising their profit from the sale of
The local Council responsible for the site is South
(SGC). Filton Airfield lies just inside the SGC boundary, with
the Bristol City
Council (BCC) area to the south.
Currently, SGC are developing their "Core Strategy" - their
top level planning policy for the next fifteen years - up to
2026. As part of this
plan, SGC need to comply with a central Government edict to build
21,500 new homes.
To SGC, therefore, Filton Airfield represents an easy route
building many of these new homes, no doubt to the delight of BAE who
would be able to cash in by selling
the land at premium rates.
But at what cost?
To see why we oppose the current plan, see the "Our Campaign
A summary of Filton's history, including details of aircraft
based at the site can be found here
More details on SGC's Core Strategy can be found on the council's