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Station featured in Dad’s Army is saved from bulldozers

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A railway station used in the filming of Dad’s Army has received a reprieve from imminent demolition.

The station in Brandon was due to be demolished after Breckland District Council gave permission for Greater Anglia to knock down the building and create a larger car park on the site.

However a High Court order issued today, Thursday 30th July, quashed the council decision after review proceedings were launched by SAVE Britain’s Heritage.

In its response to the legal challenge the Council consented to the quashing of the certificate. Greater Anglia did not resist the Court order. 

SAVE will now work with the Suffolk Building Preservation Trust on new plans for repairing this historic station and bringing it back to use. A listing application has also been submitted to Historic England – supported by SAVE – and a recommendation is expected imminently.

Marcus Binney, executive president of SAVE Britain’s Heritage said: “This shows that determination, persistence and resourcefulness can bring back historic buildings on death row. We have already commissioned plans by the architect Doug Reid, obtained initial costs from builders, and will now be working with the Suffolk Building Preservation Trust on raising finance. Many local people objected passionately to the demolition proposal, and some thought it was a lost cause. Now we have an opportunity for it to live again after standing boarded up for 16 years.”

Henrietta Billings, director of SAVE Britain’s Heritage said: “We are delighted we were able to successfully challenge this permission through legal channels – which otherwise would have sailed through. It shows that close scrutiny of planning decisions really can pay off. We are hugely grateful once again to Richard Harwood QC and Susan Ring for their swift and decisive action.”

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