Plans for housing development on Oxfordshire Cold War airbase
30th September 2008
A public inquiry began today into proposals for the construction of 1,075 houses by the North Oxford Consortium on the RAF Upper Heyford Site in Oxfordshire.
The airbase was one of the largest US Air Force bases in
It was used from 1924 until 1991, when the
Nigel Barker, the head of the English Heritage Team for Oxfordshire, will give evidence at the inquiry on behalf of English Heritage, in an attempt to satisfy the needs for both new housing and the preservation of the site, which remains a unique testimony to the perceived Soviet threat and consequent scale of investment for the defense of the West.
Nigel Barker of English Heritage proposes that some of the historic structures could be re-used “to help fund the management and maintenance of the flying field for future generations”. The shelters, for example, could be transformed into storage depots various companies’ and organisations’ paper records and archives.