Heritage argument over Cold War airfield

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Upper Heyford A former military airfield in Oxfordshire is at the centre of a battle over how best to preserve Britain’s Cold War heritage.

A planning inquiry opens this week into the details of a 1,000-home development proposed for Upper Heyford, whose two-mile runway was capable of taking huge B52 American bombers and where the US Air Force once had 75 F111 fighters in 56 concrete hangars. English Heritage says the whole landscape should be kept intact, but Cherwell Distict Council wants to keep just a few of the 400 buildings.

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