Army Rebasing Newsletter – July 2015
This monthly publication aims to update you on the British Army Basing Programme (ABP) which will see some 4,300 additional Service personnel plus their families relocate to Salisbury Plain over the next five years.
5 RIFLES visit
The Army recently organised a briefing in Paderborn, Germany, for Service personnel and their families from 5 RIFLES who are relocating to Bulford in summer 2016. This was supported by officers from Wiltshire Council’s education team to explain where new school and nursery places were being provided and how they should apply for their children’s school places. Information on the local area and employment opportunities for spouses was also covered. Other topics included NHS and healthcare services, how the MOD would allocate housing, the movement process and advice on immigration and finance. It was very well attended and received, with attendees feeling more informed and prepared for their moves next year.
Preparations are underway for the arrival of troops from Germany between 2016 and 2018. Wiltshire Council is planning to extend Bulford St Leonard’s Primary School in two phases which will allow the capacity to increase from the current 240 places to 315 by 2018. In addition Bulford Kiwi school is to be expanded with a further 150 places. The first phase is due to complete in Easter 2016, in part to cater for the additional Service children relocating to the area mid next year and beyond. Local people have been consulted on these proposals by the two schools. A planning application is about to be submitted.
The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) continues to progress its planning applications for the ABP. Nine priority works applications for developments within bases have been submitted to date and eight have now been approved. All three major applications for the Service Family Accommodation (SFA) housing developments across the basing area have been submitted by DIO. The applications can be viewed online on Wiltshire Council’s planning web-pages. The applications are for:
• 227 SFA homes in Bulford (reference: 15/04006/FUL)
• 246 SFA homes in Ludgershall (reference: 15/02770/FUL)
• 444 SFA homes in Larkhill (reference: 15/05540/FUL)
All three applications are due to be considered at a Strategic Planning Committee, the first of which is due to be held in September.
The application for the main development works at both Perham Down and Bulford Camps are also available for comment, (reference 15/03313/FUL and 15/05950/FUL respectively). The remaining applications for main works within camps are expected soon.
• Throughout 2015: Submission of planning applications
• Late 2015: Priority works expected to start within bases at Perham Down, Larkhill and Bulford
• 2016: Main MOD build programme expected to commence
• Mid 2016: First unit relocates to Salisbury Plain (Bulford) from Germany (5 RIFLES)
• 2018 – 2019: Majority of additional Service personnel expected to move to Salisbury Plain
For more information visit: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/communityandliving/mci-new.htm