Renewed plans submitted for historical information centre at Smeatharpe Airfield

PUBLISHED: 11:40 13 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:25 15 January 2018

Plans detailing the proposed buildings at Smeatharpe.

Plans detailing the proposed buildings at Smeatharpe.

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The revised scheme comes just two months after similar plans to build temporary buildings on land at the airfield were thrown out by East Devon District Council.

Fresh plans have been submitted to install two temporary buildings at Smeatharpe Airfield to use as a historical information centre and artefact display area.

The revised scheme comes just two months after similar plans to build temporary buildings on land at the airfield were thrown out by East Devon District Council.

In a refusal statement posted in November last year, the council said the cabins had an ‘industrial appearance’.

This, councillors said, coupled with an associated parking area, would be ‘highly visible’ from the adjacent public highway and ‘would appear incongruous’ within the surrounding landscape.

The council also said the scheme would fail to conserve and enhance the landscape’s quality and local distinctiveness.

In the new plans, applicant David Bunny said the airfield’s aim is to make the cabin’s appearance as similar as possible to the World War Two buildings that already exist in adjoining fields.

He added: “It is certainly not our intention to detract from natural beauty of the locality... We do not feel our cabin would look out of place amongst the local farming activity.

“The cabin would be painted in olive drab and would blend into the adjacent hedgerow.”

Mr Bunny said that only one cabin would be installed initially.

He said: “We wish to create a small educational information centre for local people and tourists alike, to maintain awareness of the huge historical importance the airfield has, in relation to D-Day and subsequent actions overseas.”

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