The local authority said in a statement that it does not see the base as “appropriate” and is concerned that proposals from the Home Office will affect plans to deliver a £300m regeneration program and the ” endangering world famous heritage” site.
It insisted there are a “significant number of barriers” to mobilizing the site for asylum seekers, including “significant contamination” from previous use of the site that would require “deep cleanup”.
The Council believes that the decision is irrational and, moreover, the Ministry of the Interior does not have the appropriate planning permission for the intended use
The body accused the Interior Ministry of not providing a “satisfactory answer” to questions asked and said it has therefore taken legal action to challenge the government department’s decision.
The Council’s Director of Planning, Regeneration and Communities, Sally Grindrod-Smith, said: “Despite continued efforts by the Council to notify the Home Office of the irreparable damage that would be done to the one-off investment opportunity that about to table, the Minister of Internal Affairs has taken the decision to use RAF Scampton as an asylum reception site.
“The Council believes that the decision is irrational and, moreover, the Ministry of the Interior does not have the proper planning permission for the intended use.
“The Council has therefore issued a pre-action letter, sent in accordance with the Pre-Action Protocol for Judicial Review, requiring the Home Secretary to respond by 4 p.m. Thursday, April 6, 2023.”
She added: “The Council is well aware of the concerns raised by the proposal and the potential loss of much-needed ‘levelling’ investment. We will continue to press the Department of the Interior to reach out directly to our community to fully understand the concerns raised.
The site at RAF Scampton will accommodate asylum seekers and is designed to be as self-sufficient as possible, minimizing impact on local communities and services
According to a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document released by the government following its decision, the site would accommodate “single adult male” asylum seekers using a “staged approach” – starting with moving 200 people on the site before this increases over time to 2,000 people. .
The FAQ document said: “RAF Scampton has been identified as a surplus military site suitable for asylum accommodation.
“The site will create new jobs and investment in the area, following the completion of the RAF facility.
“The site at RAF Scampton will accommodate asylum seekers and has been designed to be as self-sufficient as possible, minimizing impact on local communities and services.”
The Ministry of the Interior has been contacted for comment.