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   Inside Out - East Midlands: Monday October 10, 2005

East Midlands Airport

Nottingham East Midlands Airport is a real success story - but not everyone's happy

It started with a single flight from Glasgow but now Nottingham East Midlands Airport has over four million passengers going through the terminal a year.

It also handles one third of all the UK's air freight, making it the largest cargo handler in its field in the country.

But a lot of that important cargo takes off after dark - and it's a noisy business.

That's why some aren't all that happy with the rise and rise of the Airport which has become an important part of our economy.

Even though the airport has boosted the profile of the area, some people aren't happy with the downsides of its considerable success.


East Midlands Airport started out with just one small runway and taxiway.

In 1986 Princess Anne opened a £3 million extension and in 1987 the airport became a public company.

NEMA became the first regional airport to go private when it was purchased for £24.3 million by the National Express Group.

Their £77 million investment paid for a new air traffic control tower - the tallest in the UK.

The airport was then sold to the Manchester Airport Group for £241 million in March 2001.

One sufferer tells Inside Out how he often misses the punch lines of jokes while watching TV as yet another jet rumbles through the skies above his home.

But it's not all bad - today, Nottingham East Midlands Airport is widely recognised as the UK's largest pure cargo airport, with annual passenger figures of over 4 million people passing through.

Inside Out looks at the airport's history - its name changes, its critics and its future.

We also ask how it will also face new competition from Coventry and Robin Hood Airport near Doncaster.

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Ollerton development
The Sherwood Energy Village in Ollerton was a great use of an old plot of land

An old abandoned air base would be a natural place to put an airport.

But what do you build on an old disused coalmine?

When mining ended in the village of Ollerton 11 years ago it seemed like the heart of the community had been torn away, leaving an empty space behind.

But fortunately there was a plan to rejuvenate the area with a brand new development.

A large area of 'brownfield' land where the coal mine used to be became the site for a new development - the Sherwood Energy Village.

The energy village was part of the government's strategy for 60% of all new developments to be built on brownfield sites.

And now it's slowly changing what was a very muddy and polluted landscape into a prosperous new area.

Some people feel that developing on previously used sites is a good way to improve conservation efforts.

This is because it reduces the pressure to develop on areas of otherwise untouched natural countryside.

Brownfield sites can also come up with surprising stories.

Inside Out has been to a huge building site on the outskirts of Peterborough.

They want to put up hundreds of homes… but nature got in the way.

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