At Full Council on Saturday 16th May 2015 at Leicester a proposal was considered regarding a National Flying Centre. The full wording of the proposal was :-
Proposal from the Chairman: that Council endorses the actions agreed upon unanimously by the BMFA Executive Committee on 11th April to make all relevant planning and change of use searches while concurrently contacting the selling agents of Laws Lawn Farm in East Northamptonshire in order to open negotiations on making an offer to purchase (subject to contract) the said property.
The Development Officer gave a comprehensive update to Council, to complement the document that Council had been given to study in advance of the meeting.
The Chairman then gave all members of Council present the opportunity to ask questions regarding the National Flying Centre, and the above proposal, and a full discussion ensued.
A vote was taken and Council voted overwhelmingly to support the proposal which, please note, is not a commitment to purchase Laws Lawn Farm, or any other site. Land purchase, like house purchase is always subject to contract while final legal issues are clarified. As the outstanding issues relative to any possible contract are legally very sensitive, members will appreciate the difficulties implicit in full disclosure of the status of ongoing negotiations. Before any exchange of contract, an EGM of the Society will be scheduled.
A video of the Development Officer's presentation along with supporting information will also be made available to members (via the website) in the near future.
Formal (provisional) Minutes of the meeting will be circulated as normal, but it was felt by the Executive that the decision on the proposal for a National Flying Centre should be shared with the membership as soon as possible and not delayed while the rest of the Minutes are prepared.