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Museum still hopes to purchase airfield
12:00pm Wednesday 26th September 2012 in News
A DECISION on the future of a former Second World War airfield will not be made until next year.
In July, the MoD put RAF Bicester, off Skimmingdish Lane, on the market.
A museum that would commemorate Bomber Command is one possibility for the site.
Anyone interested in buying the 348-acre flying field, known as the technical site, was given until Friday, September 14 to submit an expression of interest.
Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), which oversee the MoD’s property, said this week a shortlist would now be prepared and interested parties will be asked to prepare a detailed bid.
The site will be sold through a process of sealed bids and no guide price has been given.
Details of how many organisations have made an ‘expression of interest’ have not been released, but the sale is expected to be completed by next March.
A DIO spokesman said: “The number of expressions of interest is commercially confidential and the MoD is, therefore, unable to release this information.
“The purchaser’s name will be released once the sale has completed, which is likely to be by the end of the current financial year.”
Bomber Command Heritage chairman Dean Overton said: “The minute the starting gun goes off we have to pay solicitor, architect and expert fees and we are actively fund raising for that.
“We are going to need £70,000 to £80,000 just to get everything at a stage where we can make a bid.”
Earlier Bicester Gliding Club indicated it may make a bid for the site as part of a consortium.
Last night no one from the club was available for comment.