Theatre would be demolished on former RAF site at Brampton

A campaign was started to try to save the theatre.

A campaign was started to try to save the theatre. - Credit: Archant

More than 400 homes, a building for community uses including theatre productions and offices are among the plans for the redevelopment of the former RAF Brampton.

The site on the edge of the village, now Brampton Camp RAF Wyton, will be vacated by the Royal Air Force by December, with a view to being sold by January.

In the interim, it will come under the ownership of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), which has submitted plans to Huntingdonshire District Council.

Its planning statement outlines proposals for 402 homes, a ­community hall, a retail unit and 7,125 square metres of floorspace for business use.

The proposals have been amended from what was included in a ­consultation in 2010, when two schemes featuring 830 and 650 homes were mooted.

While people supported the ­principle of redeveloping the site, they were concerned about the scale, its impact on traffic and schools and doctors’ surgeries. As a result, the number of homes have been reduced.

A plan is in place to extend the primary school, says the DIO, and extending the current doctor and dentist services is preferred.

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The RAF Briefing Room, once used by a theatre group, is to be ­demolished. Tiered seating and a lighting rack have already been moved to RAF Wyton.

The DIO recommends the proposed community hall could be used for a variety of uses, including theatre.

The 220 homes already on the site, leased by Annington Homes, are not part of the application and will remain occupied by forces families.

Three Grade II-listed buildings, the Officers’ Mess, a former coach house and stables and a lodge are to be retained.

The DIO expects a detailed planning application could be submitted by January 2015 and the first homes could be built by the end of that year, with all 402 completed by 2018.