The Army Basing Programme in Wiltshire has taken a major step forward with the signing of a key document and agreement on planning permissions this week.
Planning permissions to build 917 Service family homes in Ludgershall, Bulford and Larkhill and the completion of the Section 106 agreement which will deliver schools, community, recreation, waste collection and sports facilities, a medical facility, road improvements and cycle paths across Salisbury Plain’s communities have been agreed.
The building of the homes will start in summer 2017 in readiness for the main arrival of Service personnel by 2019.
The programme will bring 4,000 Service personnel along with 3,200 family members to Wiltshire by 2019 as Salisbury Plain becomes the largest military training area in the UK. As part of the programme, 5 RIFLES is moving to Wiltshire this summer and provision of homes and additional school places have already been made available with extensions at Bulford Kiwi School and St Leonard’s Primary.
Wiltshire Council and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and its estate management organisation – the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) – have been working closely alongside partner agencies to ensure the right infrastructure and facilities are in place for the arrival of Army personnel and their families.
The section 106 agreement includes:
- Funding for school and early year places
- Highways improvements
- Use of leisure centre facilities both “behind the wire” and in the community
- Sustainable transport
Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council, said: “The Army Basing Programme will bring major investment to Wiltshire and this agreement will ensure that the necessary facilities are in place which will also benefit the local communities. These measures will be the building blocks to ensure both civilian and military communities can share facilities and continue our long proud history of military association in the county.” Major General Alastair Dickinson, the senior Army officer responsible for the delivery of the Army Basing Programme said: “This is excellent news and is a testament to the close and effective working relationship the Army Basing Programme has with Wiltshire Council and the local communities and we look forward to continuing this relationship over the coming years. With this agreement now in place we now have a challenging programme to deliver. We remain committed to providing the infrastructure and facilities our Service personnel and their families need to relocate to Salisbury Plain from within the UK and Germany.” Mark Duddy the Programme Director for the Army Basing Programme said: “We are thrilled with the granting of the planning permissions and the successful completion of the S106 discussions. The effort of all involved is to be commended. This positive outcome is the culmination of two years of consultation with Wiltshire Council, parish councils, statutory bodies and the local communities around Salisbury Plain. We are grateful for the continued support and assistance that the authorities and people of Wiltshire have afforded to us. We will continue to work closely with the councils, with education and health providers and with all other key stakeholders as we prepare for the units to move in 2019.”