HL Deb 24 July 1985 vol 466 cc1357-8WA
Lord Melchett

asked Her Majesty's Government:

At what point on the recently erected perimeter fence around Molesworth airfield in Cambridgeshire they originally intended to make the main entrance to the base; whether they now intend the main entrance to be built where the Eirene Peace Chapel stands; and whether they will take steps to ensure that this structure is not destroyed.

Lord Trefgarne

Initial plans for the development of RAF Molesworth envisaged a main entrance situated on the south-east of the site in the area of the junction between the existing B660 and the south-western end of the disused section of that road. The plans for the main gate are now under review in the light of possible difficulties in acquiring the land which would link the gate to the B660, although it is envisaged that the entrance will remain in the same general area. The access arrangement eventually chosen could affect the future of the so-called "Peace Chapel", which stands nearby. This building has not been consecrated and was erected on Ministry of Defence land without the Ministry's consent or planning permission. The department therefore reserves the right to remove the building without notice should the need arise.