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Airport? Housing estate? Race track? What should be done with RAF Mildenhall?

10:17 09 January 2015

RAF Mildenhall from above. PICTURE: ANDY ABBOTT

RAF Mildenhall from above. PICTURE: ANDY ABBOTT

With the closure of RAF Mildenhall confirmed, the question business leaders and councils are now asking is - what next for the site?

A commercial airport, aerospace engineering site, business park and housing estate have all been floated as ideas.

The EDP would like to know what you think should be done with the base once its doors shut some time before 2020.

Closure of RAF Mildenhall will be a major blow to our region

Update: RAF Mildenhall to close as Pentagon reveals plans to move assets to Germany

Let us know by writing in the comments section below, going to our Facebook page, or by emailing reporter Andrew Fitchett on andrew.fitchett@archant.co.uk

14 comments

  • Housing. Brown field sight with a few nuclear bunkers.

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    Tone the moan

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • Since when was Mildenhall in Norfolk? It will be mothballed by the MOD against the eventuality of Scottish independence and loss of bases there.Since Lakenheath is getting a whole new bunch of planes in a few years time it is unlikely to be considered suitable for civil use. I mean, have you seen how the planes stack around Ely cathedral and thereabouts?

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • Why would it be anything other than mothballed by the government against future use? Since Lakenheath is going to be flying their new planes in 5 years time hardly the place for extra housing nor civil aviation.

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • Well why not turn it into a solar farm! Just like the one at Coltishal!

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    patrick

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • We need a good airport please! Norwich International is too limited and way too expensive.

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    samphirelover

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • Also Norfolk would have 2 local circuits, Snetterton and Mildenhall.

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    Liam.Robertson

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • Definitely should be a track then the British superbikes won't have to do assen as they could do this circuit. I think this place as a circuit could have potential.

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    Liam.Robertson

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • It doesn't matter what anyone thinks. The developers are already circling like the vultures they are.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • So more houses, more demand on water, gas, more schools and Drs needed..........Why not build a park, encourage some wildlife into our area. Trees etc..............

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    susiewong

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • Please let's have a decent airport!! Norwich International is so limited and so expensive.

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    samphirelover

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • How about returning it to farmland.

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    Norfolk John

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • It will end up like Coltishall....useless and derelict. Mainly due to local opposition to any plans that may affect the price of their houses and the refusal of some to accept it's no longer an operational airbase and never will be again.

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    KeithS

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • Maybe a airport would be ideal as people come from far just to view aircraft. I think this area lacks day entertainment like a theme park etc you have to travel miles for the nearest one and I think it would be nice to keep it American themed. Have it honour all the military & staff that have worked there over the years

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    Zark

    Friday, January 9, 2015

  • Hopefully a race track for formula one and motogp

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    Paul Hoggett

    Friday, January 9, 2015

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