New building set for Damyns Hall Aerodrome in Upminster

PUBLISHED: 15:02 28 March 2015

Damyns Hall Aerodrome in Upminster have agreed to demolish one of their hangers to build a new one futher away from the road.

Damyns Hall Aerodrome in Upminster have agreed to demolish one of their hangers to build a new one futher away from the road.


The destruction of an aircraft hanger that has been the subject of a High Court battle appears to be imminent.

Dubbed “the silver hanger” the metal structure at Damyns Hall Aerodrome in Upminster has been the subject of a lengthy battle that went all the way to the High Court.

After 10 years it is now set to be demolished after the aerodrome had plans to build a shorter aircraft hanger towards the rear of their land approved. The new structure will be out of sight from nearby Aveley Road.

Cllr Linda Van den Hende (EHRG, Upminster) said: “There’s a long history with the silver hanger which the planning inspectorate asked them to remove, but I must admit Havering Council is fairly tardy with enforcement.

“Now the aerodrome wants to build a new hanger, which we won’t oppose because it is to the rear and it can’t be seen.”

The disputed hanger was originally built for agricultural use. The planning inspectorate deemed that, as the land is also used as an aerodrome, it is a mixed use site and agricultural buildings cannot be built there.

Damyns Hall, led by its director Timothy Lyons, 
challenged this decision in the High Court but judges ruled against it.

Mr Lyons said: “We lost our court battle on a point of law. Our rights for the building were 
effectively taken away from us because we now didn’t have permission.

“We sat down with Havering Council again and started from scratch to agree on the new plan.”

The new hanger will have the same surface area as the existing one, but it will be lower and virtually invisible to Aveley Road.

Mr Lyons added: “Unfortunately with anything you do it is unlikely you will please all parties.

“However I have been approached by a society which shall remain nameless who wish to turn the hanger into a museum.

“Anyone who wishes to maintain the building for local history would be very welcome to do so as far as we are concerned although they would have to approach Havering Council themselves.”

He hopes work will begin sometime this summer.

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