Gloucestershire

Jet Age Museum plans approved for new Gloucester home

A Gloster Meteor with jet engines developed by Frank Whittle
Image caption In 1945 a Gloster Meteor exceeded 600 mph (965 kmph)

The Jet Age Museum could have a permanent home after planners approved its move to Gloucestershire Airport.

Tewkesbury Borough Council agreed to the erection of a new 30m by 20m (98ft by 66ft) hangar to house the museum's collection of historic aircraft.

Museum chairman John Lewer said he was delighted as it was "the furthest we've ever been able to go with our project".

The Secretary of State will now have the final say as the proposals would see the hangar built on greenbelt land.

The museum's collection of historic aircraft has been stored in temporary accommodation including the Tithe Barn Centre at Brockworth and a farm at Churcham, since 2000.

It was forced out of its previous home when the airport expanded.

Mr Lewer added: "Subject to us raising a little more money and approval by the Secretary of State we will hopefully go ahead later this year with a permanent home for the museum."

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