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Concorde to get a roof over its head

Concorde making its final touch down at Filton - where it is to be housed permanently Credit: PA

Concorde is to get a permanent home. South Gloucestershire council has granted planning permission for an aerospace museum at the former Filton airfield, near where the iconic jet was made - and made its final touch down in 2003.

World War I hangars are to be refurbished to provide an indoor exhibition for the supersonic aircraft. They will also house the Bristol Aero Collection - the trust has been awarded a £4.7m Heritage Lottery Fund grant for the project.

Finding a permanent home for Concorde at its birthplace in Filton is fantastic news for the people of South Gloucestershire and for the iconic aircraft which will be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Once up and running, the museum is set to become one of the most popular visitors’ attractions in the West, bringing many economic benefits to the region while celebrating the history of the aerospace industry past, present and future.

– Cllr Matthew Riddle, Leader of South Gloucestershire Council

'Two weeks to save the country': Clegg's stark warning during Filton visit

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was speaking at Airbus in Filton. Credit: ITV News West Country

With just over a fortnight to go until the election, Nick Clegg was back campaigning in the West yesterday

The leader of the Liberal Democrats visited the Airbus factory in Filton, meeting apprentices, learning about their work - and also warning of what he called "two weeks to save the country" from a right-wing threat.

The Deputy Prime Minister also once again dismissed a recent opinion poll suggesting his party could get wiped out in the region. He will be back campaigning in the Bristol area next week.

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£2M funding boost for new aerospace museum in Filton

The project will provide a new home for Concorde Credit: ITV News

A new aerospace museum in South Gloucestershire has been awarded two million pounds.

The sixteen million pound project will provide a new home for Concorde.

The money from the LIBOR fund was announced in yesterday's budget after a campaign led by Filton MP Jack Lopresti.

Bristol Aerospace Centre will be built on Filton's historic airfield site.

12-year-old girl missing from South Gloucestershire

Oliwia Gogolinska, 12, has been missing since Wednesday. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

A 12-year-old girl has gone missing from Pucklechurch in South Gloucestershire.

Oliwia Gogolinska apparently left her school at lunchtime on Wednesday. She did not return home and has not been seen since.

Police believe she may be in the Filton area near Bristol, and are concerned for her welfare because of her age and vulnerability. She went missing in her green school uniform but may have taken other clothes.

£4.7 million for new aerospace centre at Filton

The Bristol Aero Collection Trust has been awarded £4.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to build a new aerospace centre at Filton Airfield. As well as being used as a museum, the centre will also provide a permanent home for Concorde 216 - the last plane of its kind to be assembled at the Filton site.

Concorde 216 arrives back at Filton after its last flight, 2003. Credit: PA

Filton Airfield's future is revealed

This is what Filton Airfield could look like in years to come Credit: Alder King

The vision to transform Filton Airfield into homes, schools, shops and businesses over the next 20 years can be revealed in detail for the first time.

Land owner BAE Systems has submitted an outline planning application for the site to South Gloucestershire Council.

If it is approved, work could start in 2016 or 2017, with the first people moving in that year. But the scheme may not be finished for up to 20 years.

The site stretches across 354 acres - that's about 354 football pitches or 5,664 tennis courts - and will include:

  • 2,675 new homes
  • Two new primary schools and one new secondary school which will double up as a sports centre
  • Dental surgery, health centre, optician and 70-bed care home
  • A pub, supermarket and other shops
  • 120-bed hotel
  • New railway station, Metrobus link and road improvements

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New Airbus model touches down in Gloucestershire

The new Airbus A350 XWB visits Cotswold Airport Credit: Airbus Operations Ltd

The latest version of the Airbus has made its first visit to Britain and touched down at Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire as part of routine certification tests.

The new Airbus A350 XWB was flown by London-born experimental test pilot, Frank Chapman, and is one of the four A350 test aircraft currently flying and undergoing rigorous testing before entry into service later this year. Captain Chapman said:

“The A350 XWB has significant UK input, as the wings and fuel systems are designed at the Airbus facilities in Filton, Bristol and assembled at the Broughton plant in North Wales, the engines are made by Rolls-Royce in Derby and the landing gear by Messier-Bugatti-Dowty in Gloucestershire.”

“This visit is part of the aircraft’s certification. Experts from the nearby Airbus Filton facility are playing a key role in supporting the fuel system tests.

“I’m immensely proud to be flying the first A350 XWB to land in the UK and look forward to this aircraft being a regular feature in British skies over the coming years.”

Record numbers for Airbus in 2013

A380 test aircraft on the runway at Filton in 2009 Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Airbus, whose planes' wings are designed in Filton near Bristol, delivered a record number of aircraft in 2013.

The company, whose planes include the world's largest passenger aircraft, the A380 superjumbo, delivered 626 planes in 2013.

These included 25 superjumbos, with the overall total surpassing the previous record figure of 588 achieved in 2012.

A total of 93 customers received Airbus planes last year, including 15 who were taking delivery of an Airbus aircraft for the first time.

Despite a record year, Airbus just failed to deliver more aircraft than rival US company Boeing which earlier this month announced it had delivered 648 planes in 2013.

The Boeing figure, also a record and 7.8% up on the 2012 total, was achieved despite problems with the Seattle-based company's ultra-green 787 Dreamliner model.

Filton Airfield new homes

Residents in North Bristol are to be asked their views of a proposed major housing development on land at Filton Airfield.

A meeting will be held in Southmead tonight to hear their concerns and outline South Gloucestershire plans for 5,700 new homes on the site.

Bristol City Council will use tonight's meeting to produce their formal submission to South Gloucestershire who are the planning authority.

Filton Credit: ITV News West Country
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