Presently operating from an agricultural barn in West Sussex, the Wings Museum is heading for Alfold.
The Aviation Museum based at Handcross near Balcome is home to exhibits and visitors from all over the world. It has permission for a 10,000 sqm hanger, and now a multi-million-pound detailed scheme is with Waverley Planners.
Waverley didn’t want it – and the village didn’t want it, but a Government Inspector did. Why? Because a museum was included in the borough’s Local Plan Part 1. However, the numpties who drafted it – forgot to recognise there was already a museum just a hop and a skip away at the neighbouring Dunsfold airfield.
So now the village dubbed by Waverley councillors as “poor old Alfold” could get two museums- a few hundred yards apart and 50,000 + visitors per year. The access to the new building is proposed off Alfold Crossways junction and onto narrow rural roads. One of which is access to the proposed new garden village.
A spokesman for the Hunt Brothers Charity called ‘Wings’ told the appeal Inspector its Museum, attracting 28,000 visitors to view the planes, needed the massive new hangar off Dunsfold Road, Alfold saying it would be a huge asset and good for the borough’s economy.
The building would include classrooms and a library for education, a shop, a coach, car parks for 50 vehicles, and coaches. They claimed it would also have a dedicated section dealing with Dunsfold Aerodrome’s history.
It was financially sound with money in place to forge ahead with the exciting scheme on land it owned and to include an adjacent nature reserve, where the remains of WW2 buildings still stand.
The scheme was “unique” and would be an asset to the area, attracting visitors worldwide.
Wings say the new Garden Village would provide transport links proposed at nearby Dunsfold Park.
Floods and sewage problems dog the village on the Surrey/Sussex border. At a recent Public Inquiry, Thames Water said it could not currently provide services to a proposal by Thakeham Homes to build 99 dwellings close to the Museum site.
Here’s its take on the present Museum proposals.