A claim that Old Sarum Airfield (OSA) reached an agreement with the former Salisbury District Council in 2007 which would see them "dramatically reduce flying movements" in return for permission to build homes on over 100 acres of the site close to Ford village, is the basis of legal action against Wiltshire Council.
Efforts by OSA to obtain planning permission had been rejected by Wiltshire Council and the Planning Inspectorate: a subsequent High Court appeal was unsuccessful.
Cllr Richard Clewer, Deputy Leader of Wiltshire Council has commented:
"We're disappointed that in this time of public need, we have to spend public funds unnecessarily resisting an unsustainable claim. However, we can confirm that we have received notice of legal action from Old Sarum Airfield, which we are strongly defending.
Given these are ongoing legal proceedings, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage."
Earlier this month OSA stepped up the amount of flying from the site which the owners said was necessary to provide "long term financial viability".