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Iconic satellite station for sale
Balado Bridge
The Nato satellite facility is known locally as the "golf ball"
A Nato "golf ball" style communications facility at Balado Bridge in Kinross is to be decommissioned and sold.

The iconic structure is surrounded by 3.36 hectares of land, which was used as an airfield during World War II.

RAF Balado was built during the 1930s and opened as a satellite to Grangemouth in 1943. The Nato communications operation began in 1985.

The highly visible site off the M90 is expected to be of interest to both housing developers and businesses.

Defence Estates, a Ministry of Defence agency, has instructed GVA Grimley to sell the land next to the T-in-The-Park music festival site.

Katherine Pollock, of GVA Grimley, said it had received a lot of interest in the site, which includes a number of single storey offices and storage buildings.

"At 3.36 hectares and with easy access to main roads and motorways, Balado Bridge offers huge development opportunity to potential buyers, as it is suitable for a variety of uses," she said.

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