Greenham Common airbase 'car park' plan refused
A plan to turn a former Cold War military base in Berkshire into a car storage facility has been refused.
Flying A Services, which owns part of Greenham Common, hoped to store up to 6,900 cars there.
The Ground Launch Cruise Missile Alert and Maintenance Area (GAMA) site is protected as a scheduled monument.
Following objections from English Heritage, West Berkshire Council last night refused permission for cars to be stored there on a permanent basis.
In 2007 the council agreed for cars to be stored there for up to 10 years.
Greenham parish council chairman Tony Forward said: "They felt that parking cars up on a scheduled monument is not the best thing for in perpetuity.
"They can appeal but it is so contrary to policy that I just cannot believe that it would work at appeal."
A scheduled monument is archaeological site or historic building of national importance which is given protection against unauthorised change.