Chance to have a say as thousands of Army families move to Wiltshire (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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Chance to have a say as thousands of Army families move to Wiltshire
6:00pm Monday 19th May 2014 in News
A special meeting to give communities an opportunity to hear the latest proposals on relocating Army families to the Salisbury Plain area is being held later this month.
As part of the Army’s Basing Programme, an additional 4,300 military personnel and their families - there are about 3,300 dependants - will move to Wiltshire by 2019.
The Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) estate management organisation – Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), has put together a Masterplan which details proposals for delivering the additional infrastructure required.
The DIO has worked with Wiltshire Council and partners to ensure the right level of facilities and services, including healthcare and education provision, are in place in time for the relocation of service personnel and their families.
On May 28 there will be a special meeting, hosted by Tidworth Area Board, at the Tidworth Garrison Theatre, where the DIO will present the plans and answer questions, alongside representatives from the Army and Wiltshire Council.
Coun Jane Scott, leader of Wiltshire Council, said: “This meeting is the latest step in ensuring our communities are kept fully informed about developments so we are ready for the changes ahead.
“Our partnership working with the DIO and Army has been key in all of this work and we will continue to engage with communities to ensure that we have the services in place for the whole community so that Army families feel welcome and we maximise on the economic opportunities that the rebasing brings.”
The meeting will start at 7pm and will include a presentation on the Masterplan including the changes resulting from the public consultation which was held between February 19 and April 1.
People can view the Masterplan document at www.gov.uk/dio and at Salisbury, Tidworth, Ludgershall, Amesbury and Durrington libraries from May 20 until June 17 2014.
The Masterplan details proposals for delivering the additional infrastructure required by the Army in the Salisbury Plain area which will include: Up to 1,300 new homes for service families; New accommodation blocks for single soldiers; Construction and conversion of other buildings, such as garages, armouries, offices and mess facilities; and Future plans on the training estate.
All intended developments will be subject to the normal planning application process and environmental assessments.
These will be submitted once the proposals have been finalised and all internal MOD approvals have been given.
After reviewing more than 300 comments received during the public consultation period, DIO has updated the Masterplan to take account of this feedback.
A Statement of Community Involvement outlines all comments received during the consultation and demonstrates how they have been considered in drawing up the document. This will be published alongside the Masterplan.
DIO will submit the final Masterplan to Wiltshire Council’s Strategic Planning Committee in July 2014.
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