Date Published: 18 April 2018
Council Leader Oliver Hemsley has said that publication of initial proposals for the redevelopment of St George’s Barracks next month will mark the start of an important conversation about the future of the site.
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 will soon publish a high-level plan inviting public feedback on the very first proposals for the redevelopment of St George’s Barracks.
The draft plan will outline aspirations for a new development that includes housing, a commercial zone for business, green space and areas for leisure and recreation, all supported by new infrastructure and public services.
“Publication of the first high-level plan for St George’s Barracks marks the start of a conversation between the Council, the MOD and Rutland residents as we begin to plan for the future of this extremely important site. We know that people throughout the county are keen to understand more about St George’s and a lot of work has had to take place up to this point to identify what is and isn’t possible on the site. This has all gone into the master planning and we will shortly be asking residents across the county to view the ideas and suggestions that are being put forward for discussion. The plan is intended to act as a framework for development. It is not a fixed blueprint. We want it to be a touchstone for local people to help us shape a successful, sustainable new community. This follows on from discussions that have already taken place with local communities and interest groups and is important if we’re going to create something that is right for Rutland and makes a positive contribution to our county.”
Councillor Oliver Hemsley, Leader of Rutland County Council
Consultation around the first high level plan for St George’s will begin with a public exhibition at Victoria Hall in Oakham, 3.00pm to 7.00pm on 11th May and 10.00am to 2.00pm 12th May 2018. The exhibition will then move to Oakham Library where it will remain on display until 27th May.
In addition to the exhibition, a two-week roadshow around Rutland will take the Masterplan to communities in different parts of the county, allowing residents in other areas to view and comment on the proposals.
All of the information used at these events will be made available online, with the option for people to share comments by post or via a dedicated website.
The dates and locations for the roadshow are:
- St Mary and St John School, North Luffenham – 6.30pm to 9.00pm, 16 May 2018
- Uppingham Town Hall – 2.00pm to 8.00pm, 17 May 2018
- Edit Weston Village Hall – 6.30pm to 9.00pm, 23 May 2018
- Ketton Library – 2.00pm to 8.00pm, 30 May 2018
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.
For more information about St George’s or to express an interest in the project, please visit our St George's page or email: email@example.com