Plan to build 300 homes at RAF Kirton moves step closer
RAF Kirton in Lindsey/ Rapier Barracks, Kirton in Lindsey, North Lincolnshire.
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 3 Aug 2017
Plans to transform the former RAF and army camp at Kirton-in-Lindsey into a major new housing estate have moved a step further.
For the Loughborough based firm of Green Meadow is seeking outline planning approval to build up to 302 homes at Kirton.
The bid comes three years after Green Meadow bought the former camp from the Ministry of Defence for an undisclosed sum.
A 33-acre site at the northern end of the firmer barracks has been earmarked for the development which is set to cost more than £29 million over a five-year rolling programme.
A spokesman for Green Meadow said: “The importance of using this derelict brown field site for new housing has already been agreed through North Lincolnshire’s Local Plan.
“Redevelopment of the site for housing will benefit the pre-existing local economy in Kirton, bringing more people to the market town which has seen some amenity closures in recent years.
“This is also likely to create more opportunities for new businesses”.
Plans to build 300 homes at RAF Kirton have moved a step closer
The developers have promised to retain open space and landscaping around the listed World War II control room at Kirton as part of North Lincolnshire’s aviation heritage.
The Ministry of Defence site was sold to Green Meadow in Autumn 2014 after a failed bid from North Lincolnshire Council.
Green Meadow also operates recycling business Acorn Recyclers, which has submitted planning applications for a recycling centre and a change of use to 'business' or 'storage' for part of the 305 acre former RAF base.
The airfield was first opened in 1916, and was used during both the first and second world wars.
Afterwards it was used by the army before the RAF reclaimed it in 2004, providing accommodation to staff based at RAF Scampton.
Five years ago all staff were relocated to the Scampton site.