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A plan to temporarily change the use of a hangar at Sandown airport and turn it into a museum has been unanimously passed, even though it had been recommended for refusal by planning officers on the Isle of Wight.

Isle of Wight Council’s Planning Committee members were told tonight (Tuesday) that the hope was to transform the hangar into an aeronautical museum, providing opportunities to display “rare and unusual exhibits”.

As part of the plan, a wood-working workshop for the ‘Men in Sheds’ project would also be included.

Speaking for the plan, Helen Blake from Wight Aviation Museum said there were funds and sponsorship in place,

“We have received one thousand items from the public and still counting…[We are] working to capture oral history…Our plans include our Island heroes…the development of the space programme…

“We will inspire, educate and inform..schools…and tourists.”

Representing the area, Councillor Clare Mosdell, Member for Arreton and Newchurch, called for “common sense to prevail” and reminded the committee that a plan to build a hotel on the site was passed despite the traffic concerns. Her comments were given a round of applause.

The plan was brought before the committee because there was a challenge to a report that claimed the museum would result in too much increased traffic at the junction of Scotchells Brook Lane and the A3056 Newport Road at Lake.

It was argued in the planning officer’s report that it would pose a safety hazard and would hold up traffic on the main road.

Councillors agreed to look at the speed limit on the stretch of road affected and impose a turning restriction.