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Under-threat Second World War building rescued from demolition

A Second World War military building in Hampshire has been saved from the wrecking ball despite overwhelming support for its demolition.

The 1943 Royal Observer Corp HQ base in Winchester has been saved by local politicians and a pressure group as the bulldozers were preparing to move in.

Local residents, English Heritage (EH) and planners all believed the structure was beyond saving, and that it should be replaced by 14 residential units developed by owner Bayview Homes.

But Winchester City Councillors on the planning committee bowed to pressure from the local Hampshire Building Preservation Trust, which was the only group that believed it should be retained.

by Ed Dorrell

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