Date Published: 21 March 2018
A bid for national funding for investment in infrastructure to support the redevelopment of the St George’s barracks has progressed to the next stage.
Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, has today confirmed that Rutland County Council’s bid for funding under the Housing Infrastructure Fund will go forward to stage two of a two-stage process.
The bid is primarily designed to ensure that development on the site happens in a sustainable way with the appropriate investment in infrastructure such as roads, transport. schools and healthcare.
"The HIF is a new source of funding set up specifically to support local authorities who are planning for sustainable housing growth in their areas. We’re clear that any future development on the St George’s site must have the necessary infrastructure needed to support both new and existing communities. This means making sure improvements to things like roads, transport, schools and healthcare can be planned or delivered in advance of new homes being built. Our partnership with the Ministry of Defence is innovative, seeking to bring forward the St George’s site at pace, making use of a brownfield site surplus to MOD requirements. Working in partnership to generate a return for the site and develop new sustainable and affordable homes in a fantastic location.”
Council Leader Oliver Hemsley
“This Government is committed to working with communities to build the homes this country needs and ensure the right infrastructure is in place to support them. We will now be working closely with 45 areas shortlisted to apply for government investment including Rutland County Council. These key projects will help unlock more much needed homes by delivering the roads, schools and doctor’s surgeries that communities need.”
Housing Secretary Sajid Javid
“I am delighted that Rutland’s application for funding to support the St George’s Barracks project has moved to the next stage in the bidding process. It is absolutely vital that any housing growth is supported by proper investment in the local infrastructure, and I know from my conversations with the Council that they are absolutely committed to ensuring that we have the right roads, schools and healthcare facilities to support a new community. I will continue to represent my constituents’ views about this project in the coming months.”
Sir Alan Duncan, MP for Rutland and Melton
Stage two of the HIF bidding process involves the development of a business case to support the proposal for funding before a final decision on the allocation of funding is made in summer 2018.
Rutland County Council and the Ministry of Defence have been working with local communities as part of the planning for St George’s.
Focus group meetings held in January were attended by more than 150 people and local communities will soon be asked share their views about the first draft of a high level master plan for the site.
Further information about St George’s has been published on the Council’s website for anyone who would like to know more or express an interest in getting involved. Simply visit our St George's Page.