STRETTON - This VRP is made up of a large disused aerodrome and an industrial estate. Formerly known as RNAS Stretton, this large disused airfield lies partly in the Manchester Low Level Route and partly inside the CTR. The M56 runs through the centre of the old airfield boundary with the remains of the main runway still mainly intact on the south side of the motorway. To the north of the motorway an industrial estate is home to many companies such as Eddie Stobart and DPD.
Immediately to the north of Stretton is an industrial estate with densely packed warehouses and office complexes.
Immediately to the east the main runway at RNAS Stretton extends towards the M6 motorway. A large motorway junction connecting the M6 and M56 lies close to the eastern aerodrome boundary. It is important to note that the eastern portion of the disused aerodrome lies inside the Manchester CTR and outside of the confines of Low Level Route.
To the west the M56 motorway stretches towards VRP M56 J10 and open farmland and countryside extend towards the town of Dudlow's Green.
To the south open farmland and countryside is littered with small villages and farm houses. The village of Antrobus has a small golf course approximately 1.5 nautical miles from Stretton.
HELPFUL HINT - This VRP is situated in the Manchester Low Level Route. If routing via the Low Level Route it is a requirement that you monitor Manchester Radar on 118.580 and, if transponder equipped, squawk their Frequency Monitoring Code unless you have previously been allocated another squawk code by Manchester ATC. If not transponder equipped, pilots may still use the Low Level Route as long as they are monitoring Manchester Radar.
*The Manchester Low Level Route is still part of the Manchester CTR and is Class D airspace from SFC- 3500 however aircraft and helicopters may operate within the Low Level Route without an ATC clearance subject to the criteria detailed in the Manchester AIP.