RAF Menwith Hill randomes with buildings in foreground
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MOD Applies For Extra Radar Shelters At RAF Station

RAF Menwith Hill provides communications and intelligence support services to the UK and the United States.

RAF Menwith Hill randomes with buildings in foreground

(Picture: PA).

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) wants to create extra structures to protect radar equipment at RAF Menwith Hill.

The Royal Air Force site in North Yorkshire provides communications and intelligence support services to the UK and the United States.

It currently has a number of golf ball-like structures to protect equipment, known as 'radomes'.

The MOD's planning application proposes building three additional radomes, measuring 21 metres in diameter.

RAF Menwith Hill radomes with foil on fence placed by protestors
RAF Menwith Hill has been the site of protesters in the past, with foil being used during anti-Iraq war demonstrations (Picture: PA).

If the application is approved it will increase the number of shelters at the base to 37, including more radome set to be built in August 2021.

Permission to build a new "support building" has also been requested as part of the application.

The application submitted to Harrogate Borough Council by the MOD states the new shelters are "required to meet the operational output of the station".

The North Yorkshire base has been the site of protesters who oppose the nature of the station's role.