Second World War military camp linked to Yorkshire RAF base could be turned into homes

It was built during the Second World War as a military camp.

The former military camp at Gowthorpe

But in future people may get a chance to live on the former East Yorkshire barracks, if a planning application allows their conversion to homes.

Plans have been submitted to convert five former accommodation blocks off Gowthorpe Lane, near Stamford Bridge, into four dwellings and two garages.

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The camp is thought to have been linked to nearby RAF Full Sutton airfield, which opened in May 1944.

The pre-cast concrete huts on the site

Most recently the site was used to store builders’ materials and waste, but it is currently empty.

The plans, which have gone into East Riding Council, say the buildings would see “minimal external alteration”.

The height of the roofs would increase and new roofs, doors and windows would be installed in the buildings, which “can be readily adapted for residents requiring ‘one level’ accommodation”.

A design statement states: “The proposals are intended to be complimentary to the design and age of the original buildings with minimal external alteration and without interfering with the appearance of the locality.”

The buildings are thought to be British Concrete Federation huts – a type of pre-cast concrete kit building used for speed and standardised construction during the Second World War.

The station, one of the last heavy bomber stations to open in the war, was home to No 77 Squadron RAF, which moved to RAF Broadwell the following August.

It was remodelled as a PGM-17 Thor missile site during the Cold War. It is now used as the civilian Full Sutton Airfield.