A draft bid for national forward funding to help deliver improved infrastructure in advance of the proposed future redevelopment of St George’s Barracks in North Luffenham is to be presented to Rutland County Councillors in the New Year.

St George’s Barracks has been identified for disposal by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), who plan to vacate the site and must use the land to support a government target of building 160,000 new homes by 2020.

Rutland County Council is working with the MOD in an effort to ensure any future development on the St George’s site is sustainable, takes account of local needs and is supported by all necessary improvements to infrastructure like roads and community facilities.

Work to develop a joint plan for the site has so far involved: public consultation, a series of recommendations to alter initial proposals, incorporating St George’s into Rutland’s ongoing Local Plan Review, the formation of a St George’s Advisory Group involving Parish Councils, and a discussion by Council’s Growth, Infrastructure and Resources Scrutiny Panel – all of which seeking to involve local residents and communities.

Rutland County Council and the MOD are also in the latter stages of preparing a bid for national Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) funding to support the redevelopment – money that would be used to improve local infrastructure and help meet the needs of both new and existing communities.

The Evolving Masterplan for St George’s and a draft HIF business case were initially due to be presented to Full Council on 26 November 2018. This will now take place in January 2019, allowing more time for the HIF submission to be prepared so that the best possible bid can be entered.

Cllr Oliver Hemsley, Leader of Rutland County Council, said:

“When Cabinet last met and approved the submission of a HIF business case it was thought this would be finalised and submitted in December 2018. Following discussions, it has now been agreed with Homes England that Rutland’s HIF bid will be entered on the next submission date of 1st March 2019.

“We want to make full use of the time available to us to prepare the best possible submission and, in doing so, make our bid as competitive as it can be.

“I know the prospect of a development at St George’s remains daunting for many people. However, it’s important to remember that the MOD will bring this site forward for new housing with or without our involvement. Everything we’ve done in partnership with the MOD so far is motivated by the need to ensure St George’s is developed in a way that takes account of what Rutland wants and needs.

“Housing numbers and suitable infrastructure are key concerns for local communities, just as they are for the Council. The Evolving Masterplan will set out a revised scheme for the St George’s site which balances housing with business space and areas for leisure and recreation, while the HIF bid aims to secure funding that would be used to improve local roads, schools and healthcare facilities ahead of any new development.”

Based on the revised HIF submission date, the timetable for presenting further formal reports regarding St George’s to Cabinet and Council has been amended as follows:

Cabinet / Council Date
St George’s progress report – Cabinet 20th November 2018
St George’s Evolving Masterplan and Draft HIF business case – Cabinet 18th December 2018
(Previously 30th October 2018)
St George’s Evolving Masterplan and Draft HIF business case – Council 21st January 2019
(Previously 26th November 2018

 

All reports will be published as normal ahead of the relevant meeting date and made available online at: www.rutland.gov.uk/meetings.