Yours for £150,000: A second world war RAF control tower
12:54pm Mon Sep 21, 2015
The former RAF control tower is on the market, with a guide price of £150,000.
The former RAF control tower is on the market, with a guide price of £150,000.
A former second world war RAF control tower could be converted into a luxury home.
The control tower was used during the second world war. Picture: Newark Air Museum Archive.
The control tower was used during the second world war. Picture: Newark Air Museum Archive.
The unique building is on the market with estate agent Richard Watkinson & Partners with a guide price of £150,000 and comes with full planning permission for residential conversion.

Located in a rural area between Wigsley and North Scarle, the 1.7acres site served the former RAF Wigsley which was constructed as a bomber base in 1942.

It operated primarily as a training facility for Lancaster, Manchester and Stirling bombers.

After the war, the airfield remained as a satellite field for RAF Swinderby until it ceased operating in 1958.

It is is now used for pig farming.

Richard Watkinson, founder of the firm, said: “This is something very different being offered to market and isn’t something you see every day.

“As well as being a really interesting property with a unique history, it also offers a superb location.

"The property is surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside on all sides, but is just 10 miles away from Lincoln and just a couple more to Newark."

The existing building is rectangular and is offered principally over three storeys with sections set over two storeys, and is located in an area of rough grassland and scrub with potential for landscaping and design.

“This is a really exciting conversion opportunity for someone looking for the freedom to really put their own stamp on their home," he said.

“Many people dream of taking on a project like this, but it is very unusual for something as interesting as this former world war two RAF control tower to come to market, and we’re certain that it will receive a great deal of interest.”

Significant heritage value

RAF Wigsley was reactivated as a relief landing ground for Vampires and Meteors of the nearby Swinderby base, until it finally closed in 1958. Former runways have been removed and the land is farmed on rotation.

The property comes will full planning consent and relevant reports and surveys, which are available on request or on the Newark & Sherwood District Council Planning website.

Planning permission was sought by the present owners to save the control tower from demolition.

The site has in the past been used for raves and illegal parties and the tower has been vandalised.

The tower has been described by Nottinghamshire County Council as of significant heritage value because it is the only three-storey second world war RAF control tower in existence.

Because of the damage, however, Newark and Sherwood District Council served a demolition notice on the owner, sparking accusations the council was being unreasonable.

Bricking up the ground floor windows and erecting fences had eased the problem of vandalism.

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