The former air base at RAF Coltishall could be in the hands of Norfolk County Council within days, council leaders have revealed.

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The council is on the brink of buying the 600 acre site from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), following the closure of the former Battle of Britain air base in 2006.

Bosses at County Hall say it could be used to create hundreds of jobs and bring in revenue for the council.

Councillors said in the summer they hoped to secure a deal by the end of September, but there have been delays in completing the purchase.

However, at a meeting of the county cabinet today, it emerged the authority and the MoJ are hoping the contract to buy the base will be signed and exchanged this week, possibly by the end of Wednesday.

Cliff Jordan, cabinet member for efficiency, read a letter from the MoJ which stated all the contract documents are agreed and contract exchange just has to be finalised.

The letter stated “the complex nature of the transaction” meant it had “taken longer than anticipated to agree the contract details”, but that the signed contract was likely to be available by the end of Wednesday.

It added: “We are confident that the outcome offers both the MoJ and Norfolk County Council the best possible value.”

The council has yet to reveal what it will pay and has yet to draw up a master plan or business case, but the cash will come from the Norfolk Infrastructure Fund.

The council has indicated it would like to see much of the base leased for farming, with some housing and the creation of business units.

At yesterday’s meeting, the cabinet agreed to set aside a further £1.5m for infrastructure improvements, marketing and a master plan.

But Steve Riley, chairman of Badersfield Residents Campaign for the Protection and Development of ex-RAF Coltishall, said he did not believe any amount of infrastructure improvements would convince businesses to set up there, when it is so far from major roads.

16 comments

  • Part of that £1.5 million is to be used to assess the pollution in the old base. Sorry, shouldnt this have been done BEFORE the council purchased the site. If it is as badly polluted as I am led to believe by people who served there, then it will be of little use for anything. This being the case, it will probably be sold off to building firms complete with planning permission to build heaven knows how many houses on the site. This, of course, will make a huge amount of money, which will be trousered by the likes of "Iffy Cliffy" and his ilk. My oh my what a shocking bunch we have in County Hall, more cowboys than Hollywood has ever seen.

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    Sicktothebackteeth

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • So no money can be set aside for gritting of the busy B road leading to it, but money can be found to buy the base. Yee and Hah come to mind.

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    Hoohaa

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • Daisy Jordan works for the council, he has no expertise, but equally, he works for the council so doesn't need any. This, as i have said before, will be an unmitigated disaster. There is definitelty some underlying plan which is being kept secret. Secret equals undesirable or unwanted by the public usually. This man is not to be trusted any further than you could throw Colt's runway.

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    windup

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • Why are we not entitled to any of the financial details, price paid etc, it's our money, not yours Jordan! No doubt you will mess this up the same as the rest of the projects you have been involved in. Never mind, you and Murphy are getting fatter with each one.

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    Commander500

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • I am not keen on this new style of cabinet government in local councils. When we elect a government it is clear who the leader will be before we vote and we have a rough idea who will be chosen for a cabinet. But in local government we probably expect that all our councillors, whether from Flegg or West Norfolk, have equal clout on the council. Now that there is a cabinet some councillors will have less chance of their voice being heard than there was in the former committee based system. Besides, I think they need all their brain cells working together to do a decent job.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Extra £5 million being spent to change course of NDR, permission granted to fast track planning application of the NDR, extra £1.5m to improve road link to RAF Coltishall, are we having a spending spree NCC? Oh, and add to that whatever RAF Colt is going to cost US! Recession? Very hypocritical NCC when you have made so many cutbacks and continue to slash peoples jobs, benefits and spending in areas where it matters, whilst the inner sanctum of the cabinet play out their seasonal Ebeneezer Scrooge role! Residents of Badersfield, watch out...looks like we are going to become the next suburb of Norwich, but also the dumping ground of Norfolk. Council are running scared; 'act now before the May elections, and dig up the runway before people realise how crooked we all are'

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    jaybaxter

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • Jordan at it again. Heaved off Breckland now in Norfolk County Council.

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    beverley

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • Just goes to prove that the current hierarchy at NCC doesn't listen to common sense, nor the electorate. I really hope they don't mess this one up, that they stay true to their word, that they don't disregard the views and voices of the community and liaison groups and that NCC don't end up wasting more money once they start scratching beneath the surface. There's one hell of a lot of history over there, some best left hidden!

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    jaybaxter

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • Cliff Jordan would put a waste incinerator on the Coltishall site without any doubt. He along with his cabinet members at NCC are working against you, if they can ignore 65.516 people in West Norfolk then you do not have a hope in hell of them taking any notice of you. And we all pay our council tax to be treated like this. Derrick Murphy is being investigated at this very moment. Why has the conservative group allowed NCC cabinet members to treat the general pubic with contempt for this long..?

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    Jack

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • Another decision taking by the back door party politicians, with no mandate or business plan being published. while there are no monies for day centres and all other services are being cut down, NCC cabinet is gambling with our money and is competing with private companies without having a mandate, not even from its own council.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • The R.A.F should of not left it to decay or left .It the day they rip up that runway it will be a sad day for some of us so much histroy at that base i was not in the raf but i used to go there just to watch its a dam shame its come to this the grubby Norfolk County Council get there hands on it thay are going to wast all our hard earnd money on thay say so call road improments yeah right there go our taxes again .

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    NorfolkMan

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • If this hapens this will be an unmitigated disaster. No business plan, no real idea what to do with it, inept people spending our money with no apparent idea of what they are doing.............of course there is all of the secrecy which means that we can expect some unpleasant news fairly soon. (thursday perhaps?)

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    windup

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • I am waiting with baited breath to see what happens to the base - being a resident of Badersfiled. Part of me is happy that at last it will be sold rather being left to decay, much longer and there would have been nothing left worth having (buildings wise). Looking forward to them fulfilling their promise of opening the airfield to the public (make a great place to take the kidsgrand kids - safe and flat!). But will be watching closely for planning applications and making my voice heard .... We have to move on - its a done deal, time to try and ensure something good comes from it ....

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    grandy54

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • So no money can be set aside for gritting of the busy B road leading to it, but money can be found to buy the base. Yee and Hah come to mind.

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    Hoohaa

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • A bit fast and loose with my council tax is all I can say. If the airfield presented a viable economic opportunity a private investor would have jumped in. One wonders if NCC are stumping up and holding the baby until a chum can find the funds to take it off their hands. Something is rotten here I think and Jordan at the heart of it. What are his credentials-his expertise?

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • If this goes ahead it's going to be like a lead weight around the neck of the Norfolk's taxpayer for many years to come. I have absolutely no faith in these people whatsoever.

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    John L Norton

    Monday, December 3, 2012

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