Upper Heyford approved for new heritage site

Upper Heyford Air Base  Pictured - Hangers ENGNNL00120120609151253
Upper Heyford Air Base Pictured - Hangers ENGNNL00120120609151253

A heritage centre at former RAF Upper Heyford has come a step closer following a council decision.

Cherwell District Council’s planning committee met on Thursday, September 29 and approved two changes of use at the former airbase.

The decision gives permission to use one building as a heritage centre and the other to become a storage and distribution centre.

Building 103, set to become the heritage centre, is a red brick building dating from the 1920s and is one of the earliest remaining buildings at the former base. Over the years it has been used as a base to repair narrow boats.

Building 315 was one of the first open-end air hangers created on the site during the interwar period. It will become the storage and distribution centre.

Cllr Colin Clarke, Cherwell’s lead member for planning, said: “This application is an opportunity to bring two large historic buildings back into use.

“The new uses will only require minimal changes to one of the buildings, which means that two important symbols of the base’s architectural heritage will be retained alongside the new homes expected to be built there.

“The heritage centre will provide a wealth of opportunities for people to learn about the site’s rich aviation history and its connection to the Cold War.”

Outline permission for 1075 homes to be built on the site was given in 2010.