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Battle looms over Bedfordshire's famous hangars

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Huge opposition has gathered to proposals to build next to the famous Grade II*-listed airship hangars at RAF Cardington in Bedfordshire.

Both the Twentieth Century Society and an army of locals have criticised Frontier Estates' plans to build a 16m-high, 13ha distribution shed there (artist's impression pictured).

The heritage body has '[objected] in the strongest terms to the current proposal', on the grounds that a new structure with no architectural merit should not stand so close to the listed 1917 sheds.

Locals are also battling against the increased volume of traffic that new industrial space would create, and the fact that such a 'blot' on the landscape would be 'insulting to the proud history of Cardington and Bedfordshire', according to the local opposition website www.stoptheblot.co.uk

An original planning application was made by Frontier Estates in 2004, but was withdrawn in the face of massive local opposition. A new planning application was submitted in July this year.

The hangars were designed originally by AJ Main, then added to by the Cleveland Bridge Company.

by Rob Sharp

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