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Airfield listed in campaign victory

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Conservationists are celebrating after winning a campaign to save a series of historic airfield structures in Farnborough, Hampshire.

Farnborough Air Services Trust, which has been campaigning for several years, was told last week that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) had agreed to upgrade the listing of two 1930s and '40s wind tunnels.

The trust's Laurence Peskett said the move - which saw the massive structures listed Grade I - had forced landowner Slough Estates to abandon proposals to demolish the tunnels.

'This is simply fantastic news, ' he told the AJ. 'Slough's attitude has been transformed. Now, far from arguing the buildings should be demolished, they have commissioned us to do a study into how they could be used.' Peskett said other buildings on the site (AJ 15.11.01) were also likely to be saved as part of Slough's masterplan to transform the airfield into a business park.

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