Army rebasing plans welcomed

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A PUBLIC meeting in Tidworth at which the army showed its latest plans for the basing of an additional 4,278 soldiers, 1,181 spouses and 2,134 children to Salisbury Plain met with almost unanimous approval.

Ministry of Defence town planner David Alderson gave an outline of the new plan and said it had been shaped by consultation with both the public and statutory bodies such as English Heritage.

Chairing the meeting on Wednesday, Wiltshire councillor Christopher Williams said he “welcomed the MoD’s transparency in the plan” and said it was “the way things should be done”.

The main bone of contention prior to the meeting had been a proposal to site 540 new homes in the Larkhill area.

English Heritage objected to new homes south of The Packway, as did many residents in Durrington.

But the plan has now shifted the homes to the north of The Packway, which has met with approval from local people.

The AS90 Artillery firing point will be moved further away and a new primary school will be built adjacent to the quarters.

There were concerns expressed about the increase in traffic that would be generated, but the meeting heard that journey distances would be small, new cycle routes were being planned and soldiers would be encouraged to cycle to work or car share.

Durrington councillor Graham Wright said: “Well done to everyone. Consultation has worked; we just wanted to keep the identity of our village.”

In Bulford, 227 quarters will be built on a site off Bulford Road and a second site in the north of the garrison has been identified for 20 to 30 low density officers’ quarters to be constructed.

In Tidworth there would be no new construction as additional quarters required would be built in Ludgershall and the MoD is looking to purchase 100 houses from the private sector at the Riverbourne Fields development.

Additional quarters would be built in Ludgershall by demolishing the existing Corunna Barracks complex and building 300 new homes on the site with land for a new primary school, public open spaces and local facilities.

Kiwi School in Bulford would be expanded, as would local secondary schools.

Wiltshire Council will address the need for additional medical and dental facilities.

The proposals still need to go through the usual planning application process.

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5:34pm Thu 29 May 14

IanMcL says...

"MoD is looking to purchase 100 houses from the private sector at the Riverbourne Fields development"

These houses are part of the normal housing requirement for Wiltshire not for the extra MOD housing, for whom the Government should have planned properly when they made the decision.

All this does is rob local people of their chance of a home.

The same has happened in other developments, where MOD have swooped and purchased en mass. No wonder the Wiltshire Core Strategy is bust before it gets started and the Government demand more - we are solving Government and MOD **** ups.
"MoD is looking to purchase 100 houses from the private sector at the Riverbourne Fields development" These houses are part of the normal housing requirement for Wiltshire not for the extra MOD housing, for whom the Government should have planned properly when they made the decision. All this does is rob local people of their chance of a home. The same has happened in other developments, where MOD have swooped and purchased en mass. No wonder the Wiltshire Core Strategy is bust before it gets started and the Government demand more - we are solving Government and MOD **** ups. IanMcL
  • Score: 9

7:42pm Thu 29 May 14

Old Salisbury Boy says...

IanMcL wrote:
"MoD is looking to purchase 100 houses from the private sector at the Riverbourne Fields development"

These houses are part of the normal housing requirement for Wiltshire not for the extra MOD housing, for whom the Government should have planned properly when they made the decision.

All this does is rob local people of their chance of a home.

The same has happened in other developments, where MOD have swooped and purchased en mass. No wonder the Wiltshire Core Strategy is bust before it gets started and the Government demand more - we are solving Government and MOD **** ups.
Quite right, plus I am led to believe that the MoD (or its agents) have quietly purchased or leased many properties in both Old Sarum and the Archers Gate developments.
River Bourne fields was once flagged as a civilian development to address the military/normal people imbalance in Tidworth.
Once again a clueless Wiltshire Council led by uninterested incompetent allowance grabbing self satisfying politico's.
[quote][p][bold]IanMcL[/bold] wrote: "MoD is looking to purchase 100 houses from the private sector at the Riverbourne Fields development" These houses are part of the normal housing requirement for Wiltshire not for the extra MOD housing, for whom the Government should have planned properly when they made the decision. All this does is rob local people of their chance of a home. The same has happened in other developments, where MOD have swooped and purchased en mass. No wonder the Wiltshire Core Strategy is bust before it gets started and the Government demand more - we are solving Government and MOD **** ups.[/p][/quote]Quite right, plus I am led to believe that the MoD (or its agents) have quietly purchased or leased many properties in both Old Sarum and the Archers Gate developments. River Bourne fields was once flagged as a civilian development to address the military/normal people imbalance in Tidworth. Once again a clueless Wiltshire Council led by uninterested incompetent allowance grabbing self satisfying politico's. Old Salisbury Boy
  • Score: 8

9:52am Fri 30 May 14

gingin says...

Lots of questions need to be answered.

Has Wiltshire Council any idea how many children will need a place in schools? The developer only builds a school for it's particular site and it sounds from comments made by the leader of the council that quote" we will manage with school places" Managing is not good enough what happens when the school places are bust?

If the MOD are buying en mass from Wiltshire housing requirement is the government going to impose Wiltshire build even more houses?

What can Wiltshire Council do if anything to protect the green space left instead of rolling over and pandering to developers?

It's not the fault of the families but an incompetent government aided by an even more incompetent Wiltshire Council.
Lots of questions need to be answered. Has Wiltshire Council any idea how many children will need a place in schools? The developer only builds a school for it's particular site and it sounds from comments made by the leader of the council that quote" we will manage with school places" Managing is not good enough what happens when the school places are bust? If the MOD are buying en mass from Wiltshire housing requirement is the government going to impose Wiltshire build even more houses? What can Wiltshire Council do if anything to protect the green space left instead of rolling over and pandering to developers? It's not the fault of the families but an incompetent government aided by an even more incompetent Wiltshire Council. gingin
  • Score: 7

9:19pm Fri 30 May 14

Plebeian says...

'Army rebasing plans welcomed'
Yes, by Persimmon Homes and its shareholders.
By local first time buyers, not so much.
'Army rebasing plans welcomed' Yes, by Persimmon Homes and its shareholders. By local first time buyers, not so much. Plebeian
  • Score: 6

9:28pm Tue 3 Jun 14

smfp49 says...

The local councillor+ the Army are being at best naive,and at worst,downright dishonest-the Army is looking to double the establishment in Larkhill-with the Packway already under siege whenever the 303 is gridlocked,the idea that their employees will use bicycles,walk,or public transport is derisory ..So-as a resident of the local rat run village which suffers every day now from Army personnel using the High Street of Shrewton I despair that this summer and future summers are going to be pretty dire.I seem to remember the senior officers in Larkhill argued the case for keeping the 344 open -so what do they think now of the prospects for a safe family community?
The local councillor+ the Army are being at best naive,and at worst,downright dishonest-the Army is looking to double the establishment in Larkhill-with the Packway already under siege whenever the 303 is gridlocked,the idea that their employees will use bicycles,walk,or public transport is derisory ..So-as a resident of the local rat run village which suffers every day now from Army personnel using the High Street of Shrewton I despair that this summer and future summers are going to be pretty dire.I seem to remember the senior officers in Larkhill argued the case for keeping the 344 open -so what do they think now of the prospects for a safe family community? smfp49
  • Score: 3

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