Derelict Second World War buildings to be converted into homes in Harlaxton
Two derelict former Second World War military buildings blighted by vandalism near Grantham will be converted into housing.
The former Decontamination Hospital, built to assist in case of gas or chemical attacks, and Stand-by Set House, which housed a generator in case of power cuts, can be found on Harlaxtan Estate and were part of the former RAF Harlaxton which closed in 1957.
Applicants TRCPR have been given permission to turn both into separate single-story homes, with the hospital containing three bedrooms and a roof terrace accessed though a former water tower, while the stand-by house would see a small extension built over the footprint of the former oil tank bases.
In documents submitted to South Kesteven District Council, the applicants said the buildings have been the subject of anti-social behaviour in recent years including fly-tipping, travellers accessing the site, graffiti, arson and drinking and drug taking.
“The landowner remains extremely concerned about the activities taking place in the buildings and despite best efforts to prevent access, he has been unsuccessful at doing so,” they said.
It is hoped the plans will deter future issues.
The applicants say they want to retain the military feel, form and bulk of the buildings as much as possible.
Garages will be provided for each dwelling, but would be in the style of Nissen huts to keep within the theme.
Much of the natural landscape surrounding the buildings is planned to be retained to create a remote feeling.
The nearby Harlaxtan Manor is currently owned by The University of Evansville operating as Harlaxton College and has connections to Illinois and Kentucky in the USA.
Its estate also includes a number of other structures associated with the use of the site as a Royal Flying Corps airfield, including platforms for huts, blast trenches and pits.
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More by this authorDaniel Jaines, Local Democracy Reporter