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Friday, March 1, 2013
Talks are now under way with potential buyers of a former RAF station which was up for sale on eBay for £2.5m.
The online auction of RAF Neatishead, which was the eyes and ears of the country’s defence during the Cold War, ended yesterday evening.
It was originally put on the website at the end of January and the February 8 deadline was extended after no successful bids were put in for the 25-acre site.
Agent Nick Barlow, from Midlands-based Barlow Associates, said yesterday: “There is a bid in and we are checking for proof of funding. If that comes off, it will be great. But we have also been discussing it with other people, outside of eBay,”
He did not know when an agreement over the sale would be made.
RAF Neatishead opened in June 1941 and played a key role in monitoring Britain’s skies in the 1960s as a radar station until it was decommissioned in 2006.
Birmingham-based Stylespace bought the land from the RAF in 2006 for £4m.
It contains an underground bunker from the Cold War years which was one of the 16 buildings included on the plot which was up for sale on eBay.
The RAF still carries out communication work for aircraft on a small part of the site and an RAF Defence Air Radar Museum was established on the site 14 years ago, which was not for sale.