St George’s Barracks in North Luffenham has been announced for intended disposal by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) through its Better Defence Estate announcement. This is part of the MOD’s strategy to rationalise the Defence Estate.
The closure of St George’s Barracks will not come into effect until 2020/21 at the earliest, after which the site will be vacant.
In the long-term, St George’s Barracks is a brownfield site and is likely to be redeveloped.
The St George’s project is a joint initiative between Rutland County Council, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and other local partners to look at possible options for the future of St George’s Barracks after the base closes in 2020/21.
The focus of our partnership is on making sure any future development is sensible, sustainable and meets local needs.
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Further information will be published on this page as it becomes available.
The first high-level plans for the redevelopment of St George's Barracks will go on show in May with events taking place around the county so you can see and comment on these early proposals:
Victoria Hall, Oakham
39 High Street, Oakham
- 11th May 2018, 3:00pm to 7:00pm
- 12th May 2018, 10:00am to 2:00pm
St Mary's and St John's School, North Luffenham
Church Street, North Luffenham
Presentation and drop in session
- 16th May 2018, 6.30pm to 9.00pm
Uppingham Town Hall
49 High Street East, Uppingham
Drop in session
- 17th May 2018, 2.00pm to 8.00pm
Edith Weston Village Hall
1 Rectory Lane, Edith Weston
Presentation and drop in session
- 23rd May 2018, 6.30pm to 9.00pm
67 High Street, Ketton
Drop in session
- 30th May 2018, 2.00pm to 8.00pm
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.
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.
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Responses to Concerns and Considerations Paper
Following briefings and focus group sessions on the future of St George's Barracks, North Luffenham and Edith Weston Parish Councils have provided a summary of their concerns and considerations relating to the proposed development of the St George's site.
We have carefully reviewed and responded to each of the concerns and considerations raised. Details of our responses and the issues to which they relate have been published together and can be read below:
The original Concerns and Considerations summary document is published and available to view on the North Luffenham Parish Council website.
Rutland Local Plan Pre-Submission
A report regarding pre-submission of Rutland's Local Plan is due to be presented to Cabinet on Tuesday 17th April.
This report (Ref: 71/2018) sets out a revised timetable for the delivery of the Local Plan and can be read in full on our Meetings page.
It is recommended that the timetable is amended in order to fully incorporate the implications of potential development of St George's barracks into the Local Plan.
Bid for Infrastructure Funding to Progress to Next Stage
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.
Speaking after the announcement was made, Rutland County Council Leader Oliver Hemsley said: “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.”
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Potential Acquisition of the Officers' Mess Site
The Council has published a report relating to St George’s Barracks and the potential acquisition and development of the Officers’ Mess site.
This report is now available to read online prior to our next Cabinet Meeting on Tuesday 20th March 2018.
The purpose of this report is to seek Cabinet endorsement for proactive work that would help us understand whether the acquisition of the Officers’ Mess by Rutland County Council for the purpose of providing new housing is feasible.
The report sets out the process that we would hope to follow if the Officers’ Mess site is made available for development prior to the rest of the St George’s site, including where we would expect to engage further with communities to better understand their ambitions for the site.
Read our report on the potential acquisition and development of the Officers' Mess Site.
Focus Group Sessions
Following on from Public Parish Briefings that took place in October and November 2017, the Council and Ministry of Defence held two Focus Group sessions in the Officer's Mess at St George's Barracks on Monday 29 January.
The sessions were attended by close to 150 people who were either members of surrounding communities or had expressed an interest in taking part from the wider Rutland community.
Each session lasted for just over an hour and a half, during which time participants were asked to highlight what they felt was important with respect to any future redevelopment of St George's Barracks.
All of the feedback gathered at these focus groups will be collated, published on this page and used to help inform master planning for the St George's site, ahead of further engagement and consultation.
The short introductory presentation delivered at the start of each focus group session can be viewed here.
The feedback gathered at these sessions has also been been collected and can be viewed below: