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Proposals to create a £20.5m heritage exhibition and visitor centre in a unique new earth dome-shaped building at Jodrell Bank, which will tell the story of how a rural site in Cheshire became the home of radio astronomy, are on the verge of securing the green light.

Cheshire East Council will consider a full planning application by the University of Manchester to build the new visitor attraction on the Granada Arboretum at Jodrell Bank, which is part of the university, at its strategic planning board on Wednesday, 20 December 2017.

Ahead of the planning meeting, a report prepared by planning officers has recommended that the First Light Project should be approved.

It said: “It is considered that the proposed development is a very important project to provide a new element of Jodrell Bank as a key tourist destination within Cheshire East. The proposals will provide a visitor centre and exhibition focused on the history of Jodrell Bank, a part of the story which is not told at the site currently as the focus is on science and in particular astronomy.”

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