New base on the cards for homeless Peterborough model engineers

Peterborough Society of Model Engineers at their last open day at Thorpe Hall. ENGEMN00120110210183342
Peterborough Society of Model Engineers at their last open day at Thorpe Hall. ENGEMN00120110210183342
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A group of model engineers from Peterborough hope to steam ahead with new plans for a dedicated home - three years after being evicted from their former base.

Members of the Peterborough Society of Model Engineers are seeking approval to create a base on the former camp site known as the Hostel Site in Yaxley.

The group is hoping to use five acres of the 13 acre site, owned by O&H Hampton, for a purpose built centre complete with three different length tracks for model railway engines.

There will also be a station ticket office and refreshment kiosk.

It is intended to build a clubhouse with toilets, kitchen and meeting room. There will be a car park for up to 50 vehicles. Access to the land will be from the site’s existing roadway on to the A15 London Road.

News of the plans comes more than three years after the society was told it would have to leave its former home at Thorpe Hall in Peterborough, after 28 years.

Marion Parker, the group’s secretary, said that if approved, the new centre would be completed in five phases.

The first phase will cost about £90,000 to complete.

“Our intention is to establish a railway that winds its way through woodland.

“The trees, their management and their health are an essential part of our concept.

“Such structures like the station and club house will be sited on existing areas of concrete. Once completed the site will be a quality local amenity that brings credit to Peterborough.”