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Application for infrastructure funding at St George's Barracks

Key infrastructure related to the St George’s Barracks development could be benefitting from a £30 million boost.

The proposal, that would ensure that roads, junctions, healthcare facilities and public transport would be adequate for the 2,215-home development, for the funding from the Housing Infrastructure Fund, is due to go before the full council meeting on January 21.

The plans for the St George's Barracks site (6493340)
The plans for the St George's Barracks site (6493340)

The most recent plans for the site, known as the evolving masterplan, will also go before the meeting.

Coun Oliver Hemsley (Con), leader of Rutland County Council, said: “Full council are being asked to support the submission of a business case to Homes England for some £30 million of forward funding for infrastructure.

“The submission would be based on the latest version of the St George’s evolving masterplan and any funding would be used to deliver the critical physical and social infrastructure required to support a new community at St George’s, as well as supporting existing communities around the barracks and the wider county.

“If the council supports the Housing Infrastructure Fund recommendation, it is important to note that it is not deciding on the site’s inclusion in our local plan and nor is it granting planning permission.

“These are separate decisions which must and follow their own due process.

“If the council chooses not to support the Housing Infrastructure Fund submission, the Ministry of Defence will still have a site which they own outright and intend to bring forward for redevelopment - they have made this absolutely clear.”

Robert Stone, head of estates at the defence infrastructure organisation, said: “Rutland’s January full council meeting is an important opportunity for Councillors to discuss the latest version of the Housing Infrastructure Fund business case.

“It should be stressed that the evolving masterplan is not final but does provide a clear indication of what the Ministry of Defence considers to optimal number of number of homes for what is a large brownfield site, based on the issues of financial viability and sustainability.

“Rutland’s Housing Infrastructure Fund submission will be important in deciding if funding will be sought to deliver infrastructure improvements around St George’s but will not determine whether the site itself is brought forward for development.

“Housing Infrastructure provides an opportunity to invest heavily in infrastructure to meet the needs of people living in Rutland – one of the overriding aims of our partnership with the Council – but we will seek to redevelop the St George’s site regardless of Housing Infrastructure Funding.”

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