The Ministry of Defence and Rutland County Council have teamed up to explore the possible options for the St George’s Barracks in North Luffenham.
St George’s Barracks has been identified for disposal by the MOD in 2020/2021 as part of the November 2016 Better Defence Estate announcement.
Rutland County Council and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) have been in continuous discussion about St George’s Barracks since details of the closure were first announced and will now work together as partners developing plans aimed at delivering the best possible outcome for the site.
The partnership between Rutland County Council and the MOD aims to make sure the St George’s Barracks site is developed in a way that takes account of existing communities, local needs and the environment.
Council Leader Tony Mathias said:-
“The Army has been and will remain a big part of the Rutland Community but the impact felt by the closure of St George’s Barracks will be significant. Looking ahead to 2020, St George’s is a brownfield site and therefore likely to be redeveloped. Early discussions between the Council and MOD have been extremely positive and fostered a genuine appetite to work together as part of an innovative new approach – one that allows the MOD to capitalise on the value of the site, while taking the upmost care to ensure any future development is sensible, sustainable and meets local needs.”
Robert Stone, DIO’s Head of Estates Said:-
“We are pleased to work with Rutland County Council to determine the future use for St George’s Barracks. The Defence Estate Optimisation strategy is a long-term approach to transform the defence estate from one built for previous generations of war-fighting into one that better meets the future needs of the Armed Forces. DIO is keen to work with local authorities to ensure that sites released under the strategy are used in a way that benefits surrounding communities, and this partnership with Rutland County Council is an excellent example of that.”
Councillor Oliver Hemsley, Portfolio Holder for Growth Said:-
“Our Partnership’s vision for St George’s is the creation of a new ‘garden village’ with the right mix of housing, enterprise, leisure and recreation. This will be a long-term project once the base has closed, with phased development over a period of 10-15 years. Our intention is to deliver quality development, rather than quantity, with appropriate housing density, detailed plans for each area and the right social and economic infrastructure put in place well in advance. Having shared our initial proposals, we will remain in close contact with the local community and want to involve them throughout. This includes people living near to St George’s Barracks, businesses, schools, Parishes and anyone else interested in the project. We’re still in the very early stages but want to be as open as possible about our ambitions for the St George’s site. There will be plenty of opportunity for people to get involved, including formal consultation once plans have been developed further.”