Date Published: 27 September 2017
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Rutland County Council will work together to explore possible options for the future use of St George’s Barracks in North Luffenham, under joint plans announced this week.
St George’s Barracks has been identified for intended disposal by the MOD in 2020/2021 as part of the November 2016 Better Defence Estate announcement.
Rutland County Council and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) have been in continuous discussion about St George’s Barracks since details of the closure were first announced and will now work together as partners to develop plans aimed at delivering the best possible outcome for the site.
As well as ensuring MOD infrastructure is optimised to meet the UK’s strategic defence needs, the estate optimisation strategy also contributes to a cross-government target of releasing enough land for a potential 160,000 new homes by 2020, with surplus MOD sites to be utilised for housing and other forms of development.
The partnership between Rutland County Council and the MOD aims to make sure the St George’s Barracks site is developed in a way that takes account of existing communities, local needs and the environment.
“The Army has been and will remain a big part of the Rutland Community but the impact felt by the closure of St George’s Barracks will be significant. Looking ahead to 2020, St George’s is a brownfield site and therefore likely to be redeveloped. Early discussions between the Council and MOD have been extremely positive and fostered a genuine appetite to work together as part of an innovative new approach – one that allows the MOD to capitalise on the value of the site, while taking the utmost care to ensure any future development is sensible, sustainable and meets local needs.”
Council Leader Tony Mathias
“We are pleased to work with Rutland County Council to determine the future use for St George’s Barracks. The Defence Estate Optimisation strategy is a long-term approach to transform the defence estate from one built for previous generations of war-fighting into one that better meets the future needs of the Armed Forces. DIO is keen to work with local authorities to ensure that sites released under the strategy are used in a way that benefits surrounding communities, and this partnership with Rutland County Council is an excellent example of that.”
Robert Stone, DIO’s Head of Estates
DIO and Rutland County Council will work together over the next two years to produce a master plan for St George’s and have already begun to seek input from local groups and organisations with an interest in the site.
Local Parish Council representatives, school leaders, healthcare providers, utility companies and businesses were introduced to the partnership at an initial stakeholder event on Monday 25 September, with representatives from the Council and MOD on hand to provide an overview of their proposals and answer questions.
“Our Partnership’s vision for St George’s is the creation of a new ‘garden village’ with the right mix of housing, enterprise, leisure and recreation. This will be a long-term project once the base has closed, with phased development over a period of 10-15 years. Our intention is to deliver quality development, rather than quantity, with appropriate housing density, detailed plans for each area and the right social and economic infrastructure put in place well in advance. Having shared our initial proposals, we will remain in close contact with the local community and want to involve them throughout. This includes people living near to St George’s Barracks, businesses, schools, Parishes and anyone else interested in the project. We’re still in the very early stages but want to be as open as possible about our ambitions for the St George’s site. There will be plenty of opportunity for people to get involved, including formal consultation once plans have been developed further.”
Councillor Oliver Hemsley, Portfolio Holder for Growth
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