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15/01/2021

Appeal: Military tunnel complex can become wine warehouse

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Plans have been approved to convert Drakelow Tunnels, the largest underground space in the UK open to the public, into a warehouse for 10,000 tonnes of wine, a bespoke bat roost and a museum, after an inspector cited ‘very special circumstances’.

LOCATIONKingsford, KidderminsterAUTHORITYWyre Forest District CouncilINSPECTORAdrian HunterPROCEDUREVirtual hearingDECISIONAllowedREFERENCEAPP/R1845/W/19/3243291The appeal concerned Drakelow Tunnels, a 285,000-square-metre underground complex with 3.5 miles of tunnels, near Kidderminster. It was originally built as a Second World War shadow factory, before being developed into a fall-back........
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