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PRP reveals plan for historic Cardington Airfield - image

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PRP has unveiled these plans to build more than 400 homes and a new park on the historic Cardington Airfield site, next to a pair of Grade II-listed airship sheds.

The 12.6ha scheme near Bedford will feature a massive 'tree cathedral' replicating the exact outline of the infamously doomed R101 airship which was built at the airfield.

The developers backing the project, Frontier Estates, originally secured outline permission to convert the site for employment use almost 20 years ago.

However, the team now wants to create a low-density housing development - the tallest buildings will only be three storeys high - to reflect the scale of nearby Cardington village and Shortstown, which was built by the Shorts Brothers in 1917 to house aviation workers.

Michael Mansell, a director at Frontier Estates, said: 'I think PRP has delivered an extremely sensitive and attractive design, one which honours Cardington's airship history whilst preserving and promoting the legacy of the R101.'

Submitted for outline planning with Bedford Borough Council this week, the scheme is expected to start on site next year and complete in 2012.

by Richard Waite

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