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.

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