The UK is set to get an ambitious new classic car museum in the Cotswolds after renowned collector Peter Mullin’s plans were finally approved after an 18-month battle.
Mullin already owns the prestigious Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California, and has long been seeking to open a UK version near Chipping Norton in West Oxfordshire.
But while plenty of enthusiasts were excited by the proposal, which will see up to 200 classic cars housed at the museum, more than 180 objections were made, many of them by locals living near the proposed site.
The first application was withdrawn in September 2018, but new designs were drawn up in November by world-famous architect Norman Foster’s Foster + Partners firm and submitted to West Oxfordshire District Council.
And the council has now granted outline planning permission for the facility, which also includes a demonstration track, pavilion and 28 holiday lodges, deciding in its favour by 12 votes to seven.