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St George's Barracks Proposals go on Show

Date Published: 11 May 2018
St George's Barracks Consultation

Initial proposals for the redevelopment of St George’s Barracks in Rutland have been published for the first time as part of a public consultation.

St George’s Barracks was announced for intended disposal by the MOD in November 2016 and is due to be vacated by the army by 2021.

As a large brownfield site, St George’s Barracks is expected to be redeveloped in line with national policies around the creation of new homes and the use of redundant MOD land.

This has led to a partnership between Rutland County Council and the MOD which was launched in September last year and aims to ensure any future development on the site is controlled, sustainable and meets local needs.

Following initial assessments of the 300-hectare site and early discussions with local communities and interest groups, Rutland County Council and the MOD have published high-level plans, inviting public feedback on what are the very first proposals for the redevelopment of St George’s Barracks.

The whole site: whole life plans set out what kind of development could take place, on what areas of the site, spanning the period from when the army is due to leave St George’s Barracks right up to 2050. This includes:

  • Up to 3,000 homes, offering a range of house types and tenures
  • Provision of 14 hectares of employment land
  • A relocated and enlarged Edith Weston Academy 
  • A new local centre with shops and other services
  • A new health and wellbeing centre with GP surgery
  • A multi-functional community centre 
  • More than 60% of the site dedicated to public open space 
  • Green gaps separating the new community from nearby villages 
  • A new country park 
  • A heritage zone around the listed Thor Missile launch pads  

“The Council and MOD are pleased that we’re finally able to put forward proposals for the possible redevelopment of St George’s Barracks. The importance of this site and what it could mean for Rutland can’t be understated. St George’s is a massive brownfield site with huge development potential and is set to be vacated by the army at a time when central government is pushing to greatly increase the number of new homes being built in the UK. Anticipating the kind of impact this could have on Rutland, the Council has chosen to work with the MOD to try and strike a balance between national priorities and local needs. We want to make sure that any future development on the site is controlled, sustainable and supported by the necessary improvements to roads, schools and other public services. This approach has meant that local people can be involved in shaping a possible development from an early stage, as has been the case. Input sought from communities, public services and local groups over the past six months has all gone into creating the draft plan now published for consideration and discussion among the wider Rutland community.  The future of St George’s is an issue for the whole county and I would encourage everyone to get involved at this crucial stage. View the plans, either in person or online, ask questions and share your views on what is being put forward.  St George’s could have a profoundly positive effect on Rutland – providing new homes, space for businesses to grow and supporting the development of our local economy. As I’ve said before, it’s important that everyone gets involved if we’re going to create something that is right for our county.”        
Oliver Hemsley, Leader of Rutland County Council        

“We are very pleased to be working closely with the council to plan for the next chapter of the life of the barracks and recognise the importance of engaging with local communities and other stakeholders to ensure that what comes next on the site will produce benefits and add to the economic growth of Rutland.”        
Robert Stone, Head of Estates for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation         

Consultation around the first high level plan for St George’s was launched at Victoria Hall in Oakham on Friday. Proposals will be on display at Oakham Library. A roadshow will also take the plans around the County to give local communities the chance to comment.

A new website has also been launched and full details of the high-level masterplan for St George's, and how to comment on the proposals can be found online at: www.stgeorgesrutland.co.uk

All of the feedback received as part of the consultation will be used to help support the development of a more detailed plan for the site.

Consultation events  

Activity

Location

Date

Time

Presentation and drop-in session

Edith Weston Village Hall

Wednesday 23 May 2018

6.30pm to 9.00pm

Drop-in session

The Audit Hall, Empingham

Thursday 24th May 2018

6.30pm to 8.30pm

Drop-in session

Victoria Hall, Oakham

Wednesday 30th May 2018

10.00am to 2.00pm

Drop-in session

Ketton Library

Wednesday 30 May 2018

2.00pm to 8.00pm

Drop-in session

Manton Village Hall

Monday 4th June 2018

4.00pm to 8.00pm

Drop-in session

Ketton Library

Tuesday 5th June 2018

2.00pm to 6.00pm

For more information about St George's please visit the St George's website.

    

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