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Army Basing Newsletter - October 2016 

This publication aims to regularly 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.

Official Return of 5 RIFLES 5th Battalion The Rifles (5 RIFLES) signalled the completion of their move from Paderborn in Germany to Bulford by Sounding the Retreat on 26th September.

The Band and Bugles of The Rifles gave their guests a rousing performance of both modern and traditional tunes concluding with ‘Sunset (bugle call)’. The salute was taken by both General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the General Staff, and the Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Troughton. Other distinguished guests included Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council and the Mayor of Salisbury, Derek Brown and many senior retired officers from the regiment. Also attending were soldiers and officers of the Battalion with family and friends.

Completion of the LGA Peer Review Between 26th and 29th September, the Local Government Association reviewed how well Wiltshire Council has managed the impact of the ABP in its planning for new infrastructure and service delivery for the additional 7,200 military community settling in Wiltshire by 2020. It also examined its stakeholder engagement. The peer review was extremely positive and the team felt Wiltshire Council’s management of the programme should be regarded as an example of best practice and shared with other local authorities in due course. Wiltshire Council acknowledges the enthusiastic input from a variety of partners including the emergency services, schools, NHS, the MOD and chairs of the area boards.

Kiwi School Official Opening The extension of Kiwi School in Bulford was officially opened on 10th October. The ceremony was attended by special guest Richard Jones from this year's Britain's Got Talent. This is the first piece of infrastructure that is funded by the MOD as part of the section 106 agreement for the SFA build.  

Somme Road Cycle Path – Open for Use The new cycle path has been in use since the surface was completed in early summer. The final touches (lighting and landscaping) are due to be completed in mid-October and it is hoped to arrange an official opening in early November. Further cycle paths are being incorporated into the SFA builds to enable safe and healthy transport options for Service personnel and their families, and to minimise car journeys.

Wiltshire Council staff wear their uniform to work for national Reserves Day – 8 September

Wiltshire Council staff who also have a career in the military as members of the Reserve Forces were encouraged to wear their uniform to work for Reserves Day in September. Staff Sergeant Ian Stott of the Royal Signals Regiment set up a stand at County Hall to encourage interest in the Reserves. They were joined by Baroness Scott, and the Wiltshire Military Civilian Integration Partnership Board members, to talk about their roles and experiences in the Armed Forces See: http://jobs.wiltshire.gov.uk/military

 

Future Activity

Autumn 2016: The ‘behind the wire’ construction programme begins

Mid 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 August 2019: Additional school capacity required by the Army Basing Programme will be completed

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

 

Army Basing Newsletter - June 2016

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: http://www.bfbs.com/news/articles/army/6248 

 

 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.   

For more information visit: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/communityandliving/mci-new.htm

 

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Strategic Planning Committee to Determine the

Army Basing Service Family Accommodation Planning Applications

Arrangements have been made for the three Service Family Accommodation (SFA) planning applications to be considered at the Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) on 13th April 2016 at County Hall, Trowbridge. This is a public meeting. The MOD applications cover the following proposals:

  • 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

A Guide to Public Speaking at Strategic Planning Meetings

There are certain rules governing attendance and speaking at committees in support or against planning applications.Members of the public who wish to speak at a planning meeting, either in favour of or against an application will be asked to register with the Democratic Services Officer identified on the agenda which will be published 5 clear working days ahead of the meeting. The Democratic Services Officer must receive registrations in person at least ten minutes prior to the meeting; registration will take place on a first come first served basis and if someone fails to register in person the opportunity to speak will be offered to someone else if appropriate.

The Chairman will allow up to three speakers in favour and up to three speakers against an application. Each speaker will be given up to three minutes and invited to speak immediately prior to the item being considered.

If a large number of speakers wish to speak on an application, Democratic Services will advise them to coordinate their speakers. Town/parish/city councils are permitted individual four minutes representation should they wish to speak. Only one representative per council should speak and it is important they expresses the formal views of their council, and not their own individual views. Any additional time will be at the committee chairman’s discretion.

The full rules on public participation in respect of planning applications are detailed in our Planning code of good practice 67kb for Members of Wiltshire Council.

The SPC deals with major developments: more information can be found on the strategic planning committee pages

 

 

Army Rebasing Newsletter - February 2016 

Visits

A series of visits in connection with the ABP occurred recently or are planned in the near future. They include:

+ Education Visit to Germany: From 19 to 21 January a small team from Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire schools visited the Service Children’s Education (SCE) schools in Paderborn. The visit was very successful in providing an opportunity to meet some pupils and parents returning to Wiltshire this summer. Wiltshire Council is keen to welcome the families to the UK, some of whom are German nationals and will be unfamiliar with the UK. Their transition to living in Wiltshire will be supported by various council teams.

+ Visit by Minister Defence Personnel and Veterans: On 6th January the Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans, Mark Lancaster TD MP visited Base Vehicle Depot, Ludgershall and Perham Down and met with soldiers and families from 26 Engineer Regiment, with local MP Claire Perry in attendance. He was shown the recent new builds at Perham Down and was also looking at how rebasing plans are progressing. He commented upon how well the MOD is working with Wiltshire Council to ensure these plans for a significant capital programme remained on target stating: “The work with Wiltshire Council has been very positive, they have been incredibly helpful, so we are working together very well and I’m confident that it’s all in place.”

+ 5 RIFLES Wives to Visit Salisbury Plain: As part of the programme of familiarisation visits, six wives from 5 RIFLES are due to visit Bulford in March. They will tour the local area to see what housing, school, health and local facilities will be available to them. On their return they will share their experiences with others moving to Wiltshire this summer.

Schools Programme Update

Conceptual plans for the new St Michael’s Primary school building which is relocating to Larkhill were displayed at a local exhibition in the Larkhill Community Centre on 25th January. The school is planned to be open in time for the summer of 2018 and will accommodate a total 420 children with an additional 60 early years places.

Planning permission to extend Bulford Kiwi Primary was granted on 18th December 2015. The existing school will be extended to provide additional places, which will be required by September 2016 for the children of 5 RIFLES who arrive from Germany in the summer. Extension of Bulford St Leonard’s is also due to complete in March 2016, which will address foreseeable local school needs.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook’s House of Lords Maiden Speech

Baroness Scott took the opportunity to highlight the need to support military families nationally, making this the theme of her maiden speech in the House of Lords on 28th January and informed the House of the utmost importance to Wiltshire in providing services for forces personnel and their families. Full details can be found on this link: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/lords/?id=2016-01-28a.1426.0

Future Activity

July 2016: The school extensions in Bulford will complete to accommodate children from 5 RIFLES

Summer 2016: Wiltshire Strategic Planning Committee consider the SFA Planning Application

Mid 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

December 2018 to Autumn 2019: Additional school capacity will be available for the additional children arising from the Army Basing Programme.

Summer 2019: The majority of Service personnel are expected to move to Salisbury Plain & SFA build will complete.

 

Army Rebasing Newsletter - December 2015

Education visit to Germany

In January 2016 a small team from Wiltshire Council will be visiting 5 RIFLES in Germany to meet with Service personnel and their families who are moving to Wiltshire in the summer of 2016. Opportunities to register or apply for school places, special educational needs requirements and health services are among the subjects to be discussed. We are keen to welcome the families to the UK, some of whom are German nationals and will be unfamiliar with Wiltshire.

Planning Applications

DIO continues to progress its planning applications for the ABP.

All three major applications for the Service Family Accommodation (SFA) housing developments across the basing area have been submitted by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO). The applications can be viewed online on Wiltshire Council’s planning web-pages. They will provide a total of 917 family homes at Bulford, Ludgershall and Larkhill in addition to the purchase of 100 homes at Tidworth. DIO and Wiltshire Council are both keen to finalise the s106 agreement which will confirm the proposed MOD contributions to infrastructure to support the planning applications which will be considered in the New Year.

Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR)

The government has recently published its SDSR (entitled: National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 - A Secure and Prosperous United Kingdom). The paper sets out the direction of the MOD for the next five years. It confirms that the government will increase the MOD’s budget by 3.1% in real terms to 2019-20 as part of its commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defence. In particular it confirms the Regular Army will be maintained at a force of 82,000 as was announced in the Army 2020 review in 2012 and the Army Basing plans to relocate the final army units from Germany to the Salisbury Plain area by 2020.

 

Army Rebasing Newsletter - November 2015

The Ministry of Defence confirmed, on 5 November, that the final Field Army units will return from Germany in 2019 to Salisbury Plain in the final phase of the Army Basing Programme (ABP). The Programme has already successfully relocated around 74% of personnel from Germany since 2010, with over 5,000 Service personnel, plus their families, having returned to the UK this summer. All of the Unit moves planned for 2016 and 2017 will go ahead as planned, including the relocation of 5 Rifles to Bulford in summer 2016.

The timing of the move has been confirmed ahead of the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review to provide certainty to Army and civilian personnel, and their families, allowing them to plan for the future. Both the Army and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) continue to work with Wiltshire Council, and partners, to ensure that the accommodation, infrastructure and services needed by Service personnel and their families are in place.

Planning Applications - DIO continues to progress its planning applications for the ABP.

Nine priority works applications for developments within bases have been submitted and have 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. They will provide family housing in addition to the purchase of 100 homes at Tidworth and comprise:

227 SFA homes in Bulford (reference: 15/04006/FUL).

246 SFA homes in Ludgershall (reference: 15/02770/FUL) - NB demolition of the existing site buildings at Corunna Barracks, where the SFA is to be sited, has commenced and will complete in early 2016.

444 SFA homes in Larkhill (reference: 15/05540/FUL).

All three applications are now likely to be considered together by Wiltshire Council at a special Strategic Planning Committee meeting. The meeting date will be set once the s106 negotiations confirm the proposed MOD contributions for supporting infrastructure; this is expected shortly.

The applications for the main works at all sites have now been received with the exception of that for Upavon which is expected in 2016. DIO is working closely with Wiltshire Council and other statutory authorities to ensure the requirements of the River Avon Nutrient Management Plan and the Salisbury Plain Water Management Strategy are met.

Planning permission for the extension of Bulford St Leonards Primary school has been granted (29/09/15) and determination of the application for extension at Bulford Kiwi Primary school is expected before the end of the year. The expansion of both schools is necessary for the arrival of 5 Rifles and also to cater for an increasing population not attributed to Army Basing.

 

Army Rebasing Newsletter - September 2015

Planning Applications

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 and have 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) - NB demolition of the existing site buildings at Corunna Barracks, where the SFA is to be sited, has commenced.

444 SFA homes in Larkhill (reference: 15/05540/FUL).

All three applications are now likely to be considered together by Wiltshire Council at a special Strategic Planning Committee meeting. The meeting will be scheduled specifically to determine these applications and is due to be held shortly. The applications for the main works at all sites have now been received with the exception of that for Upavon which is due at the end of the year.

No additional SFA is required at Tidworth or Upavon, but the MOD is buying 100 new homes at the Tidworth Riverbourne Fields site which are due to be delivered over the next three years.

Community Infrastructure

As part of the SFA planning applications, DIO is offering land for community use - 0.3 hectares at Larkhill and 0.6 hectares at Ludgershall. It is also looking to make a range of sports halls, pitches and community centres more accessible for wider civilian use. Wiltshire Council is negotiating an agreement with DIO and the Army to achieve this, which will be incorporated into the Section 106 Agreement as part of the planning determination.

DIO has also offered an existing office building of some 500 square metres to serve as a new Ludgershall community facility. Ludgershall Town Council is working with Wiltshire Council to see whether this facility could be transformed into a centre for the benefit of the whole community. The facility will require some adaptation to make it more suitable for community use and would be owned by the town council or appointed trustees. Grants such as the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme may be available to part-fund this, with Wiltshire Council funding the balance.

The MOD has commenced work on the construction of a cycle / pedestrian path at Somme Road from Perham Down camp to Tidworth Road (near Wellington Academy). The work, which is being undertaken by the 26 Engineers Regiment, with Wiltshire Council contributing funds to surface the path, started on 26 August and is due to complete in early 2016. The path will remain in MOD ownership, but will be available for public use. It is a pilot project for a longer term aim to extend MOD cycle paths across the Salisbury Plain Training Area.

 

Army Rebasing Newsletter - July 2015

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.

Education Update

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. 

Planning Applications  

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.

 

Army Rebasing Newsletter - June 2015

Community Infrastructure

The relocation of troops to Salisbury Plain will significantly increase the size of the communities there, and it is vitally important that the civilian and military communities are able to integrate as quickly as possible. To enable this, Wiltshire Council is working in partnership with the MOD to ensure all the additional community infrastructure required for these developments, such as schools, highway improvements, waste, health and community facilities will be funded and in place as it is needed. The MOD is also identifying land suitable for transfer to Wiltshire Council for new schools and other community use.

Be Your Own Boss” Events

Wiltshire Council’s The Enterprise Network was set up to nurture new and growing small businesses in Swindon and Wiltshire by supporting them right from the start. It is currently holding a series of events to offer help, advice and inspiration aimed primarily at military spouses and partners, those contemplating starting their own business, or those already running a business. These are being held across a number of local areas with large military populations including Royal Wootton Bassett, Tidworth and Bulford. The next event will be in Bulford on June 24th.

To find out more visit: www.theenterprisenetwork.co.uk/civvystreet

Planning Applications

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 been approved so far. The application for 227 new Service Family Accommodation (SFA) homes at Bulford has been received and is available to view on Wiltshire Council’s planning web-pages (application reference number: 15/04006/FUL). The comment period closed on 18th June as did that for the Ludgershall SFA (246 homes) on June 5th. The Larkhill SFA application for 444 new homes is about to be submitted and will be available online soon, (reference 15/05540/FUL). All three applications are due to be considered at a Strategic Planning Committee, the first of which is hoped to be held in mid to late July.

The application for the main camp development works at Perham Down is also available for comment, reference 15/03313/FUL. The remaining applications for main works within bases are expected soon.

4th Battalion The Rifles Leave Bulford

On 11 June, 4th Battalion The Rifles bade farewell to Wiltshire marking the occasion with a Sounding of the Retreat ceremony. The ceremony was held to thank community leaders from across the South Wiltshire region for their hospitality and support during the Battalion’s time as part of the community. 4 Rifles who have lived and worked in Bulford since 2006, will move to Aldershot in Hampshire and be replaced by 5th Battalion The Rifles in 2016.

 

Army Rebasing Newsletter - May 2015

Planning Applications

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) continues to progress its planning applications for the Army Basing Programme (ABP). 11 applications have been submitted to date, with six applications for priority works within bases approved so far. The application for 227 new Service Family Accommodation (SFA) homes at Bulford has been received and will be available for comment on Wiltshire Council’s planning web-pages shortly. The consultation period for comment on the Ludgershall SFA application (246 homes) closes on 5 June and the Larkhill SFA application for 444 new homes is expected to be submitted soon. An application for the main development works within the Perham Down base has been submitted and is also available online for comment. The remaining applications for main works within bases are expected to follow shortly.

Salisbury Big Business Day

Salisbury hosted a three day “Big Business” event in the Guildhall Square from 21st – 23rd of April. Wiltshire Council staffed a stand (and presented to a small delegation from the local business community in the Guildhall) on the Army Basing Programme. Its purpose was to make local businesses aware of the commercial opportunities (retail, entertainment, leisure etc.) that may be available due to the additional 7,600 people that will be living in the Salisbury Plain area. Staff from Wiltshire Council were on-hand to answer a variety of questions posed by the public and the business community. Wiltshire Council will continue to engage with businesses to seek improvements to the commercial offer for those across South East Salisbury Plain.

Planned Visit to British Forces in Germany

The MOD is in the process of organising and funding an official trip to Paderborn in Germany. The purpose of this visit, scheduled for early July, is to brief the Service personnel and families from 5 RIFLES who are relocating to Bulford in summer 2016. Important information on school standards / admissions; health and leisure provision; accommodation options; employment and volunteering opportunities will be presented by a range of stakeholders including Wiltshire Council.