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Museum plan for Drakelow Tunnels recommended for approval
12:40pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
PLANS to turn the historic Drakelow Tunnels complex in Wolverley into a museum and coffee shop received the seal of approval from Kinver Parish Council.
Site owners Quercus Ilex SA have applied to Wyre Forest District Council to transform the former Second World War aero engine factory at the back of Kinver Edge.
The proposal would see the old underground complex converted into a museum, gift shop and coffee shop with visitor parking - which would all be funded by a further development of six semi-detached homes which Quercus hopes to built on a restricted byway.
The parish council’s planning committee discussed the application at a meeting on Wednesday (August 28) and while they were largely in favour of the proposal they did have some concerns.
Committee chairman, councillor Rachel Davis said: “The museum is not a bad idea, it will preserve the tunnels and the heritage.”
But she did have concerns that once the houses were built and sold the developers “would find some reason why they can’t build the museum”.
Cllr Davis said she would like a condition put in place to tie the money from the houses to the museum because “these days you never know”.
Councillor Lin Hingley said: “I personally have no objections, I think it’s a lovely place, a lovely site and it will be nice to see it used for the benefit of our people.”
Councillor Julian Hall, parish council chairman, added: “This is not really our jurisdiction, I don’t think we have any major problems with the development.”
He added that comments should be made about access to site and cllr Davis agreed, saying the development would lead to an increase in traffic on narrow lanes.
The parish council agreed to recommended approval but stated that they were concerned about the development increasing traffic on the narrow lanes and wanted a condition in place to tie the money from the sale of the houses to the museum.
The ultimate decision as to whether the planning permission will be given has been delegated to officers at Wyre Forest District Council.
The district council’s official consultation on the scheme closes on Thursday (September 5).
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