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What to do with RAF Halton once it closes?

RAF Halton

5:47am 13th February 2017

Options are already being looked at for what to do with RAF Halton once it closes.

It's one of the largest bases in the country, but will be empty by 2022 if the government gets its way.

It might be five years away, but MP David Lidington says he's already in talks about what to do with all the space:

"It's inevitable that there will be some housing.

"But how can we ensure that housing development is of the scale that fits in?

"Also, how do we try to protect things that matter to the community?

"There are some first-rate armed services sports facilities at RAF Halton. It would be a tragedy if those were lost."

We found out in December that the Ministry of Defence was planning to completely close the base - which is mostly a training facility - in five years.

Originally, it was just the airfield that was to go.

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It includes listed barracks and Halton House, which was originally a Rothschild house.

It's split in two by Tring Road out of Wendover towards Aston Clinton and Mr Lidington says roads like that would need improvements if more homes were going to be built.

He said:

"The barrack blocks are listed buildings, so they'd at least have to keep the outward appearance of those buildings.

"So let's try and make this a showcase for good quality." 

David is taking local representatives to see the Defence Minister soon to talk about this.

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