Date Published: 06 August 2019
Rutland County Council has today (5th August 2019) announced that it will not be continuing plans to bring forward the Officers Mess site in advance of the redevelopment of St. George’s Barracks.
The Council’s Cabinet agreed in March 2018 to explore the potential of acquiring the four hectare Officers’ Mess site from the Ministry of Defence, to develop approximately 70 homes as an exemplar for the remainder of the St George’s site.
Since that decision, the Council has been undertaking feasibility assessments to understand the potential risks and opportunities of redeveloping the site using public money. The outcome of the assessments and the delayed vacation of the site by the Ministry of Defence until 2022 has informed the decision which has resulted in the Council to not pursue the redevelopment at this time.
“Rutland County Council has a duty of care to protect public money and it was only right that we investigated the potential opportunities provided by the site. Our initial plan was to bring about the site in advance of the wider redevelopment of St. George’s Barracks as an exemplar for the wider development, but it will not be vacated as initially planned. Having reviewed the options, the risk of investing public money into such a development is too great – it makes more sense for it to be redeveloped by a private developer as part of the wider St. George’s Barracks project, under the Ministry of Defence.”
Councillor Oliver Hemsley, Leader of Rutland County Council
“Rutland County Council have undertaken due process with the site and they are acting in the best interest of the County’s residents, which we support wholly. The Officer’s Mess site will now be included as part of the proposals for the wider redevelopment of St. George’s Barracks, which would be undertaken by a private development partner.”
Catherine Davies, Head of Estates, for the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Infrastructure organisation
St. George’s Barracks is due to close in 2022, which has led to an Evolving Masterplan being developed by the MOD for a new Garden Community that would include up to 2,285 new homes, including the Officers’ Mess site, space for new businesses, a new primary school, healthcare facilities and a country park.
For further information visit the St Georges Website