Plans for 1,217 new soldiers' homes explained

Plans for 1,217 new soldiers' homes explained

Plans for 1,217 new soldiers' homes explained

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THE huge scale of the task facing those in charge of moving 4,300 extra troops and their families to Salisbury Plain over the next four years was explained to councillors on Wednesday.

They heard that 1,217 new family homes will be needed for the soldiers’ 3,500 dependents.

Ideally 540 of these will be built north of the Packway at Larkhill, 277 on land off Bulford Road at Bulford, and 300 on the Corunna Barracks site at Ludgershall.

Because time is short and 100 homes are needed by next April, these will bought from the private Riverbourne Fields development at Tidworth.

In addition, accommodation blocks for single servicemen and women will be built ‘behind the wire’ at the various bases on the Plain.

Improvements to training facilities will include a new electronic target range in the Bulford Danger Area, an individual battle shooting range in the Central Impact Area, a new direct access point onto the training area from Bulford garrison to keep Army vehicles off the roads, and modifications to the Royal Engineers’ training area at Perham Down.

There will also be changes around Imber village and Copehill Down, to create a connected series of simulated settlements known as the Complex Manoeuvre Environment.

Wiltshire’s strategic planning committee, meeting at the City Hall, heard that there had been more than 300 responses to public consultations carried out so far.

People’s main concerns were about the impact of development on rural landscapes and the setting of Stonehenge – although the Larkhill development will not be visible from the monument - extra traffic on the A303, rat-running in the surrounding villages, pressure on schools, water supply and sewage disposal.

They were also worried about disturbance to endangered stone curlews.

But on the plus side, the committee heard that the rebasing programme would involve 1,500 construction jobs, and the MoD is encouraging contractors to use local workers.

There would also be some jobs in support services such as mess staff and maintenance.

And the incomers would mean a big boost for the local economy.

The committee noted the work done so far and urged the Defence Infrastructure Organisation to reach agreement with the council on several outstanding issues.

These include water abstraction, the effect of foul water discharge on phosphate levels in the River Avon, and the impact of increased recreational pressure on Salisbury Plain and its protected species.

There is also a need to find out what archaeological treasures might lie buried under the proposed building sites.

There will be individual planning applications for each housing development.

As yet there has been little detail given about essentials such as extra nursery school provision, shops, pubs, banks, leisure facilities, surgeries and bus services.

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8:49am Tue 5 Aug 14

John Wigs says...

Unfortunately the Army in its plans have no control of Roads that will need large improvements made in the area. The worst of these roads just happens to have the title of 'The worst road in Britain' Millions have been spent over the last 40 years and the latest update at Countess is a LARGE FAILURE! With a new and very large Distribution centre employing 1200 people due to come on line soon together with the constant movements of lorries from it one would think they (Government and the Highways Agency) would have plans in the pipeline on show now! Planning for Tomorrow however is not part of the thinking! John Glenn Claire Perry have done their bit but they have their limitations. We are though on the 'list' that are scattered around Briton. They have amongst its requirement a category priorities! The A303 has met these and has a five star points on every item, its called Chaos ! For everyone that is!
Unfortunately the Army in its plans have no control of Roads that will need large improvements made in the area. The worst of these roads just happens to have the title of 'The worst road in Britain' Millions have been spent over the last 40 years and the latest update at Countess is a LARGE FAILURE! With a new and very large Distribution centre employing 1200 people due to come on line soon together with the constant movements of lorries from it one would think they (Government and the Highways Agency) would have plans in the pipeline on show now! Planning for Tomorrow however is not part of the thinking! John Glenn Claire Perry have done their bit but they have their limitations. We are though on the 'list' that are scattered around Briton. They have amongst its requirement a category priorities! The A303 has met these and has a five star points on every item, its called Chaos ! For everyone that is! John Wigs
  • Score: 9

1:04pm Wed 6 Aug 14

IanMcL says...

Whilst we all have the utmost respect for all military personnel who sign up to risk their lives for us, I still wonder if we are run by some bureaucracy more suited to WW1.

MOD are already 'bombing' all new local housing estates and buying up homes which were to meet local needs. In doing so, local facilities lie schools are immediately bust. It seems apparent now, that in this great plan (loose form of the word), they are not bothering to actually provide any facilties to meet day to day needs of their own people - our heroes.

What a bunch of Capt Mainwarings!
Whilst we all have the utmost respect for all military personnel who sign up to risk their lives for us, I still wonder if we are run by some bureaucracy more suited to WW1. MOD are already 'bombing' all new local housing estates and buying up homes which were to meet local needs. In doing so, local facilities lie schools are immediately bust. It seems apparent now, that in this great plan (loose form of the word), they are not bothering to actually provide any facilties to meet day to day needs of their own people - our heroes. What a bunch of Capt Mainwarings! IanMcL
  • Score: 3

2:38pm Wed 6 Aug 14

John Wigs says...

Actually Ian the MOD have a large fund for this move in regards to Schools and other items in regards to facilities. Medical services are another thing though!. i.e appointments etc.
The modern soldier likes to buy wherever it is possible these days. Durrington and Bulford has no land left to build on and I see no proposals in this regard. Traffic though has increased largely. Bulford Telegraph hill, Bulford Hill and Larkhill and onwards to Shrewton is getting out of hand. As a member of speed watch we catch people doing up to the upper end of 40mph plus in a thirty miles per hour zone and the density between 550 to 900 vehicles per hour! on the above route! WE caught one motorcyclist doing a wheelie at 42mph! Now that is something to worry about!
Actually Ian the MOD have a large fund for this move in regards to Schools and other items in regards to facilities. Medical services are another thing though!. i.e appointments etc. The modern soldier likes to buy wherever it is possible these days. Durrington and Bulford has no land left to build on and I see no proposals in this regard. Traffic though has increased largely. Bulford Telegraph hill, Bulford Hill and Larkhill and onwards to Shrewton is getting out of hand. As a member of speed watch we catch people doing up to the upper end of 40mph plus in a thirty miles per hour zone and the density between 550 to 900 vehicles per hour! on the above route! WE caught one motorcyclist doing a wheelie at 42mph! Now that is something to worry about! John Wigs
  • Score: 6

4:38pm Thu 7 Aug 14

IanMcL says...

"we catch people doing up to the upper end of 40mph plus in a thirty miles per hour zone and the density between 550 to 900 vehicles per hour! on the above route! WE caught one motorcyclist doing a wheelie at 42mph!"
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Sounds like Milford Mill Road down my way!
That's one we are still trying to solve too.
"we catch people doing up to the upper end of 40mph plus in a thirty miles per hour zone and the density between 550 to 900 vehicles per hour! on the above route! WE caught one motorcyclist doing a wheelie at 42mph!" .................... ............ Sounds like Milford Mill Road down my way! That's one we are still trying to solve too. IanMcL
  • Score: 3

4:22pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Amesbury Fanatic says...

Is it just coincidental that what ever happens in our area it leads back to the roads, if the A303 was dualled including flyover at countess and direct access to the army camps made available everyone could benifit i.e local villages get better/safer roads and economics would increase. Therefore please will MPs overide english heritage and finish the job of improving the A303. Durrington/Bulford should be proud to welcome the homecoming troops and why shouldnt the villages reap some of the rewards. Lets be postive not everyone sees stonehenge as the main priority
Is it just coincidental that what ever happens in our area it leads back to the roads, if the A303 was dualled including flyover at countess and direct access to the army camps made available everyone could benifit i.e local villages get better/safer roads and economics would increase. Therefore please will MPs overide english heritage and finish the job of improving the A303. Durrington/Bulford should be proud to welcome the homecoming troops and why shouldnt the villages reap some of the rewards. Lets be postive not everyone sees stonehenge as the main priority Amesbury Fanatic
  • Score: 4

5:46pm Fri 8 Aug 14

John Wigs says...

Fanatic: Exactly! AT least I appear to have one supporter on this issue!
The fact is, some time ago, even before Labour were in power, it was under discussion in regards to a flyover. Raymond Brown contractors were doing work on the Roundabout and said that the only problem was, the Highways Agency could not decide, if it should go from south to north or East to West! In the end it was left as it was! A Labour spokesman claimed that they would settle the problem once and for all ! Then the money ran out! All this was twenty years ago!
Fanatic: Exactly! AT least I appear to have one supporter on this issue! The fact is, some time ago, even before Labour were in power, it was under discussion in regards to a flyover. Raymond Brown contractors were doing work on the Roundabout and said that the only problem was, the Highways Agency could not decide, if it should go from south to north or East to West! In the end it was left as it was! A Labour spokesman claimed that they would settle the problem once and for all ! Then the money ran out! All this was twenty years ago! John Wigs
  • Score: 3

3:53pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Sustainer says...

One of the main reasons the A303 is so congested is because Salisbury has no by-pass.
After the 1997 election the Department of Transport was submerged into the Department of the Environment, with Mr Prescott in overall control of the new Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions. That gave him unprecedented power and one of his first decisions was to overturn 12 previously approved road schemes including the Salisbury by-pass. In Salisbury’s case he went further and cancelled the plan. Over 30 years of consultations and planning confined to the rubbish bin knowing that the entire process would have to start right at the beginning again. Political vandalism from which we will suffer for decades to come.
One of the main reasons the A303 is so congested is because Salisbury has no by-pass. After the 1997 election the Department of Transport was submerged into the Department of the Environment, with Mr Prescott in overall control of the new Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions. That gave him unprecedented power and one of his first decisions was to overturn 12 previously approved road schemes including the Salisbury by-pass. In Salisbury’s case he went further and cancelled the plan. Over 30 years of consultations and planning confined to the rubbish bin knowing that the entire process would have to start right at the beginning again. Political vandalism from which we will suffer for decades to come. Sustainer
  • Score: 4

8:18am Sat 16 Aug 14

Amesbury Fanatic says...

Yes Salisbury needs a bypass but the A303 doesnt come into it as the traffic is transiting east/west to/from london/basingstoke areas, therefore I dont see how duelling the A303 will help Salisbury. However it is the same issue i.e. to the polititions south wiltshire doesnt matter. Overall south wiltshire needs a transportation development plan which doesnt prioritise park&ride and protecting ancient monuments
Yes Salisbury needs a bypass but the A303 doesnt come into it as the traffic is transiting east/west to/from london/basingstoke areas, therefore I dont see how duelling the A303 will help Salisbury. However it is the same issue i.e. to the polititions south wiltshire doesnt matter. Overall south wiltshire needs a transportation development plan which doesnt prioritise park&ride and protecting ancient monuments Amesbury Fanatic
  • Score: 5

10:49am Sat 16 Aug 14

John Wigs says...

I think Fanatic is quite right, South Wiltshire does need a traffic plan but this would still end up in the South West Highways Agency bottom of the bin, unless Central Government put up the money!
I am more than surprised that all those people who travel Southwest for their holidays does so like veterans of Dunkirk! No moans or groans!
They are however completely blind as to the mess we locals are in.
The traffic passing through Solstice Park up and over Telegraph hill, Through Bulford, Durrington and Larkhill was endless on Friday, Large Trucks, Vehicle transporters, Busses, vans and cars, on roads that are just about come under a low category class!
I think Fanatic is quite right, South Wiltshire does need a traffic plan but this would still end up in the South West Highways Agency bottom of the bin, unless Central Government put up the money! I am more than surprised that all those people who travel Southwest for their holidays does so like veterans of Dunkirk! No moans or groans! They are however completely blind as to the mess we locals are in. The traffic passing through Solstice Park up and over Telegraph hill, Through Bulford, Durrington and Larkhill was endless on Friday, Large Trucks, Vehicle transporters, Busses, vans and cars, on roads that are just about come under a low category class! John Wigs
  • Score: 2

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