Open days could be held at the former RAF Coltishall base so members of the public and business bosses can look around the 600-acre site.

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The £4m deal for Norfolk County Council to buy the former Battle of Britain station was finally concluded this month after long-running negotiations.

The purchase has been controversial, with critics questioning why the council spent that much money without a business plan, but council leaders and officers have insisted the base will create a “significant income stream”.

The council says that it is still coming up with ideas for what to do with the base, but possibilities include returning some land for farming, offering buildings to businesses and selling part of the site for housing.

Further consultation will take place with a master plan due to be drawn up in the summer.

But, in the meantime, council bosses said they had received plenty of interest from businesses keen to set up at the former air base and are planning open days for them and for the public.

Cliff Jordan, cabinet member for efficiency at the county council, said: “We have had a great deal of interest from local, national and international businesses since we announced our interest in buying the site.

“The interest has been a steady trickle over several months and ranges from small scale commercial use to major international organisations wanting to use significant parts of the site.

“We are currently working on holding open days for businesses so they can have a good look around the former base to get a better understanding of what might be available to them.

“We are also planning to hold open days for members of the public over the coming months.”

The county council is inviting people to suggest ideas by emailing FutureofRAFColtishall@norfolk.gov.uk

dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk

6 comments

  • I don't know about an open day for the public, but given the fact that we the public now own the site I was hoping that those of us with a pilot's licence would be able to land and take off on the runway whenever we (and Norwich ATC) were inclined. That might even attract a semi-permanent burger bar, and a portaloo. Now that would be development!

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    John Martin

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Oh no, another PR disaster in the making. The EDP and the knockers will go bonkers when only half a dozen memebrs of the public turn up at the first open day. It's those blasted yokels at NCC again. Do they think nothing through - they should have reached out to Chloe to launch her NFJ campaign a Coltishall. The average uninformed EDP reader would then have mistaken a big turnout as some sort of public vindication for this white elephant, thus putting the whole thing to bed.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Hundreds of Jobs, Ingo? Chloe will be well cross with the Gaffer for this missed opportunity.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Cliff Jordan is a gardener and his expertise in business is zero. For him to moot plans and talk of sell off's, indeed having no costed business plan is synonymous of the deficits we currently have in the cabinet. Now we spent 6.5 million on what? This money could have created a whole new recycling industry in Norfolk with hundreds of jobs.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • I'm sorry but this can only end badly for the citizens of Badersfield. One of the reasons to close Colt was due to the poor roads around it, so why do the council think companies will locate there? I'd watch out for a mysterious 80m stack and an IBA storage appearing here.....

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    d, west lynn

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Iffy Cliffy obviously takes the people of Norfolk for idiots..... NCC spending £4m with little idea of what to do with the land? Pull the other one - it's got an incinerator attached to it!

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