joint-venture partner Royal Bank
of Scotland from landowner BAE Systems in September.
Rutland is initially applying to Waverley council to use a 22 ha area for commercial development.
The developer also plans to use 39,019 m2 of existing office and warehousing space on the site – 10% of the total area – as well as creating extensive public spaces and nature reserves.
In addition, Rutland is looking to provide housing and leisure facilities. The site will also include a base for the BBC’s Top Gear car programme.
Rutland, which is project manager and planning consultant as well as developer, said it would be consulting residents extensively.
Project director Peter Farnfield said the company planned to
create a vibrant mixed-use
business park. He said: “There is
no other location quite like this, combining the commercial advantage of a brownfield site surrounded by such stunning countryside.”
The site was built by the Canadian airforce during the Second World War in 22 weeks. BAE subsequently used the base to develop the Harrier jump jet.