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Decision on RAF Coltishall runway removal delayed a month

PUBLISHED: 06:30 17 March 2014

The ends of Coltishall runway which are earmarked for ripping up to make into rubble.  Picture: MIKE PAGE

The ends of Coltishall runway which are earmarked for ripping up to make into rubble. Picture: MIKE PAGE

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A decision on plans to dig up parts of the runway at the former RAF Coltishall airbase has been postponed for a month.

Norfolk County Council contractor Lafarge Tarmac’s application to dig up the runway extensions on the former Battle of Britain fighter station were expected to be debated by the council’s planning regulatory committed this Friday.

But a county hall spokesman said the issue had been deferred to the following meeting on April 25 - to ensure that all statutory consultees had a chance to respond before it went to committee, and for more information to be received.

The plans have caused major concerns among locals, over the volume of lorry traffic - up to 100 lorry movements a day - that could go through a residential area, and would ruin any potential aviation use of the site.

English Heritage has also objected over fears the scheme would harm the airbase conservation Area and some blast walls from the airfield’s Cold War era.

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