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Denton Corker Marshall's Stonehenge finally wins go ahead - image

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Denton Corker Marshall (DCM) has finally been granted planning permission for its controversial visitor centre at Stonehenge after a second public inquiry.

Secretary of State Ruth Kelly gave the scheme the green light but plans for a new road, which would tunnel under the historic site, remain unconfirmed, leaving the future of the centre still hanging in the balance.

After the scheme was called in for a second time many thought it would follow the fates of previous plans and fall by the wayside, but it has managed to clear all the obstacles.

The project includes a new visitor facility and new access to the site, but with Kelly only rubber-stamping half of the £65 million project, both DCM and English Heritage are keeping the champagne on ice.

DCM director Stephen Quinlan said: 'We're obviously very pleased that we've cleared the final hurdle, and we have managed to get further than anyone else on a problem that has been lasting 30 years, but now it's up to the government.

'We have a very good team working on this, and we believe that this is the best solution to this problem, so it now needs the government to give the green light to the road and finish the job.'

by Richard Vaughan

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