PLANS for a helicopter centre being spearheaded by an Army veteran are beginning to take flight.
Duncan Moyse is hoping an application for the complex at Shotton Airfield, near Shotton Colliery, will be approved by Durham County Council.
He says the registered charity will be a groundbreaking development offering rehabilitation for former armed servicemen and women who have been injured in combat.
Its displays will include rotary-wing aircraft, memorabilia and models in “an inspiring tribute to the contribution of helicopters and their pilots in military and civilian life”.
The building has been designed by Brian Ashdown, of Durham-based architects Ashdown Architects.
He began work on the scheme in 2011. Brian said: “Totally committed to the project, the practice has worked tirelessly since then to take the project forward to planning stage.”
The rehabilitation work will include training opportunities in aircraft engineering for disabled veterans in partnership with Hartlepool College Aerospace Engineering Department.