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guy taylor

The original buildings of former RFC WW1 Home Defence aerodrome, Hainault Farm, have for many years been used as industrial units. Some of the minor buildings have been demolished, but the hangars – or “aircraft sheds” as they were termed then – although modified, [principally by filling in the front openings] have retained the essence of their original construction.

Snowbird Property Ltd have now applied to Redbridge Council for permission to demolish these historic structures and replace them with a suite of modern commercial units. The planning application reference number is: 1722/12

The application, together with plans and other related documents can be viewed and downloaded from the Council's website at:

http://planning.redb.../WPHAPPCRITERIA [click on link 1722/12]

Comments and objections can also be submitted online: http://planning.redb...L?ApnID=1722/12

A good personal history, which shows some of the buildings already lost fairly recently, can be found at:

http://www.prcraig.c...ltfarmtoday.htm

There are not many of these original buildings surviving and their historic value must be given proper consideration. If they cannot be preserved in their original context and are to be replaced, then consideration should be given to dismantling them for re-erection at a suitable heritage location [stow Maries ?]. Failing that, a condition must be imposed on the developer, requiring them to conduct or commission a full archaeological recording.

If you can bear to trawl through all the internal 'consultations', the response from the Leisure and Heritage Department comes from the Wildlife Ranger, whose only concern seems to be external lights affecting bats. It strikes me that the Council Planning Dept haven't carried out a proper consultation, which in itself would be grounds for an appeal against any decision.

If you don't object you can't complain if they are demolished!

Guy Taylor

Great War Archaeology Group

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IJDALLINGER

Passed to Stow Marie's to look at.

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nf3996

The two hangars mentioned above were subsequently demolished. And driving past the site of Hainault Farm airfield today, I noticed two piles of rubble where the remaining pair of hangars have also just been demolished. As far as I know, there are now no WW1 buildings remaining on the site.

 

Alan

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voltaire60
On 11/16/2012 at 16:59, guy taylor said:

The original buildings of former RFC WW1 Home Defence aerodrome, Hainault Farm, have for many years been used as industrial units. Some of the minor buildings have been demolished, but the hangars – or “aircraft sheds” as they were termed then – although modified, [principally by filling in the front openings] have retained the essence of their original construction.

Snowbird Property Ltd have now applied to Redbridge Council for permission to demolish these historic structures and replace them with a suite of modern commercial units. The planning application reference number is: 1722/12

The application, together with plans and other related documents can be viewed and downloaded from the Council's website at:

http://planning.redb.../WPHAPPCRITERIA [click on link 1722/12]

Comments and objections can also be submitted online: http://planning.redb...L?ApnID=1722/12

A good personal history, which shows some of the buildings already lost fairly recently, can be found at:

http://www.prcraig.c...ltfarmtoday.htm

There are not many of these original buildings surviving and their historic value must be given proper consideration. If they cannot be preserved in their original context and are to be replaced, then consideration should be given to dismantling them for re-erection at a suitable heritage location [stow Maries ?]. Failing that, a condition must be imposed on the developer, requiring them to conduct or commission a full archaeological recording.

If you can bear to trawl through all the internal 'consultations', the response from the Leisure and Heritage Department comes from the Wildlife Ranger, whose only concern seems to be external lights affecting bats. It strikes me that the Council Planning Dept haven't carried out a proper consultation, which in itself would be grounds for an appeal against any decision.

If you don't object you can't complain if they are demolished!

Guy Taylor

Great War Archaeology Group

 

     All part of a larger scheme of developments to bite into the Green Belt-there has been a planning enquiry going on at City Gates House, Ilford all week re. LB Redbridge applications for a lot of developments on the Fairlop/Hainault sites. No politics-but nothing surprises me any more at the bending of data and the ignoring of anyone else's concerns-save how much the council will make out of the developers by CPO and then flogging it off.

 

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onlyme

Really sad.

 

The problem is how can we complain against redevelopment work in Flanders when we appear equally happy to demolish and flatten rather than to incorporate.

 

Easier to bulldoze and clear rather than keep and remember.

 

Ian

 

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