Mistley's Secret Bunker can be turned into homes

Essex County Standard: Mistley's Secret Bunker can be turned into homes Mistley's Secret Bunker can be turned into homes

CONTROVERSIAL plans to turn Mistley’s famous secret bunker into housing are set to go ahead after a planning appeal was allowed.

Proposals to turn the disused war bunker into three homes, with an additional 28 houses on the site near Furze Hill, were refused by Tendring Council’s planning committee.

A Government planning inspector has ruled in favour of the owners and granted listed building consent and planning permission.

Carlo Gugleilmi, councillor responsible for planning at Tendring Council, said: “This is a smack in the face for localism.

“The people of Mistley gain absolutely nothing. Yes the bunker is secure – but the only people who will enjoy it are those able to afford the asking price, it is lost to everyone else.

“We would have welcomed sitting around the table with the developer.

“Now Mistley is left with an extra 31 developments the village didn’t need.”

The Secret Bunker was built in 1951 and used in the Cold War to receive information about the approach of hostile aircraft in the Fifties.

It was turned into a museum between 1996 and 2002 and given listed building status in May 2007.

Tendring Council rejected the planning application in February this year for being “alien” and an “unnecessary eyesore”.

The committee said neighbours of the site would have to compromise too much if the 31 homes were given permission.

The plans are for two rows of flats with curved roofs, as well as three underground houses inside the bunker.

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8:24pm Fri 29 Nov 13

tomtheDJ says...

gosh, whos the man with scary eyes,
not been living underground since 2002 has he !!
Mistley bunker is a place we have visited,
it was "OK" but nothing special compared to kelvedons (Brentwood)
"secret nuclear bunker"
you could get a small town in that one.
Although having listed building status in May 2007,
I believe nothing has been done about it since,
more so since it was sold a few years ago.

Just maybe there is more "unlisted" bunkers near enough by to be brought out in the open for visitors to visit,
beneath ECC building including.
gosh, whos the man with scary eyes, not been living underground since 2002 has he !! Mistley bunker is a place we have visited, it was "OK" but nothing special compared to kelvedons (Brentwood) "secret nuclear bunker" you could get a small town in that one. Although having listed building status in May 2007, I believe nothing has been done about it since, more so since it was sold a few years ago. Just maybe there is more "unlisted" bunkers near enough by to be brought out in the open for visitors to visit, beneath ECC building including. tomtheDJ

8:44am Sun 1 Dec 13

Boris. says...

Typical no backbone community, Vote UKIP and may we all save ourselfs!
Typical no backbone community, Vote UKIP and may we all save ourselfs! Boris.

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