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MoD lodges application for radar shelters at RAF intelligence station

Words: Huw Morris
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The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has made a planning application to build extra shelters to protect radar equipment at an RAF base in North Yorkshire.

RAF Menwith Hill, which has been the site of protestors opposing the station’s role in the past, provides communications and intelligence services to the UK and the US.

The application to Harrogate Borough Council is to build three additional ‘radomes‘ – golf ball-like structures that protect radar antennae from the weather – measuring 21 metres in diameter. It also includes a support building with the proposed shelters “required to meet the operational output of the station”.

If the application is granted, it would increase the number of such shelters at the base to 37.

The latest application follows approval of a single extra shelter and the demolition of 13 buildings on the base last year.

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