Army Basing Newsletter – June 2016

Army Basing Newsletter – June 2016

This monthly publication aims to update you on the Army Basing Programme (ABP) announced in 2013 stating some 4,000 additional Service personnel plus their families would relocate to Salisbury Plain by 2020.

Tribute to David Alderson

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the untimely passing of David Alderson at the beginning of June. David was a Chartered Town Planner and the Planning Director at WYG, who was heavily involved on the ABP and was instrumental in recent successes including leading on the preparation of the complex planning applications for the 917 Service Families Houses on Salisbury Plain. David took the lead role in presenting the Salisbury Plain Master Plan and recently the planning applications to the Strategic Planning Committee (SPC), sharing in the successful results that arose from it.

David, a man of great integrity, was a valued colleague and friend of all who were involved in the ABP. Many of you will recall his public presentations throughout the consultation process. He was highly respected and liked by all those he worked with and will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Cllr Jane Scott, Baroness of Bybrook – British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) Interview

Cllr Scott was recently interviewed by British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) for inclusion in the latest ‘Base to Base’ film which has been broadcast via BFBS networks to Service personnel. The interview forms part of a programme which has been produced to give Service personnel and families moving to Bulford this summer a flavour of what life is like for the military community currently living in Wiltshire. The programme can be accessed via the BFBS website:

Section 106 Agreement

The MOD’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation and Wiltshire Council have attended a series of meetings to finalise the section 106 agreement. The final version has been amended to reflect changes that are acceptable to the MOD and Wiltshire Council, whilst also reflecting the resolution of the Council’s Strategic Planning Committee. It is hoped that the S106 agreement will be signed and sealed in June 2016.

Future Activity

Early July 2016: The school extension at Kiwi School, Bulford will complete to accommodate children from 5 RIFLES

• Late Jun to Aug 2016: The first unit relocates to Salisbury Plain (Bulford) from Germany (5 RIFLES)

• Autumn 2016: The camps construction programme is expected to commence,

• Early 2017: The SFA construction programme is expected to commence

• Summer 2018: St Michael’s Primary school build is due to complete to allow its transfer from Figheldean

• By Autumn 2019: Additional school capacity required by the Army Basing Programme will be available

• Summer 2019: Majority of Service personnel are due to move to Salisbury Plain.

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