Decision awaited on Wethersfield asylum centre injunction appeal

Surveying work is ongoing at the site and physical works to mobilise the site will begin shortly

A decision on Braintree District Council's appeal against Home Office plans to turn the former airbase at Wethersfield are due imminently, the Council understands.

Cllr Graham Butland, leader of Braintree District Council, said:

“We understand that residents and businesses remain anxious to know more regarding the Home Office’s plans to accommodate 1,700 single adult male asylum seekers at Wethersfield Airfield. 

“We are still awaiting a decision on our appeal which was heard at the Court of Appeal on June 12. This was our appeal against the High Court’s decision about the interpretation of Class Q and the refusal to grant the Council an injunction to stop the Home Office’s proposals to provide accommodation for asylum seekers at Wethersfield Airfield. We will update residents once we know more. 

“Yesterday the Home Office informed us that they have amended their Wethersfield Factsheet.

“We understand surveying work is still ongoing on the site, and physical works to mobilise the site will begin shortly. The Home Office can continue preparing the site whilst legal proceedings are ongoing. 

“We know there are still many unanswered questions and please know that we, alongside our partners, are doing all we can to get definitive answers and clarity around the proposals from the Home Office, whilst continuing to raise concerns shared by the community.  

“We have been insisting that they engage proactively with residents, stakeholders, businesses, parish councils and community groups.” 

Published: 21st June 2023