The regeneration of St George’s Barracks will result in a new ‘Community for Life’, designed in accordance with the principles of a garden village. The community will evolve carefully through its relationship with Edith Weston, North Luffenham, Normanton and Rutland Water, and will have its own identity drawn from the character of Rutland.
A range of houses and flats will be provided, with varying densities and tenures, gathered into mixed, identifiable and affordable neighbourhoods. A range of employment opportunities and educational, community, retail and recreational uses will be distributed throughout the new community.
Priority will be given to pedestrians and cyclists, with convenient routes for public transport. There will be a diverse pattern of formal and informal green spaces, waterbodies and other public spaces.
A thriving and economically active community will enable people to live and work in the same place, attracting a younger, working-age population and addressing the imbalance of the current aging population.
THE NEED FOR HOMES IN RUTLAND
The redevelopment of brownfield land is one of the core planning principles contained within National Planning Policy. Redevelopment at St George’s Barracks could help contribute to addressing un-met housing needs in Rutland and surrounding areas.
The creation of a new community at the Barracks site will support the objectives of the Government’s ‘A Better Defence Estate’ which seeks to maximise value through the disposal of surplus MOD sites to provide land for 55,000 dwellings this Parliament. In addition, the new settlement will contribute towards tackling the National Housing crisis. The Council supports development on this site as it would enable residential-led economic growth, facilitated by a mixed use community that places healthy living, a diverse and high quality housing offer, and technological innovation at its very heart.
The proposed population of the new community needs to reflect the Government’s objective of making the best possible use of available land. As importantly, the community needs to be of a size which helps support existing facilities and allows necessary infrastructure to be delivered. The population needs a critical mass to enable the provision of facilities needed to support both new and existing residents, particularly in terms of school provision, doctors, community facilities, shops and public spaces.
The masterplan for St George’s Barracks will provide a framework to guide the vision and create a sense of place appropriate to Rutland:
- A vibrant, prosperous, self sustaining, diverse community will be created, which fosters happy and healthy lives
- It will be exemplary in high-quality, sustainable and innovative design
- It will meet the lifestyle and housing aspirations of successive generations
- A full range of housing needs will be met through a varied housing offer, including high-quality social, affordable and market homes
- A wide range of employment opportunities will help ensure that there is a good social mix, with the aim of offering no less than one job per new household
- Multi-functional green space will be provided, including an extensive country park, sports and recreation areas and pen space
- The site’s natural and built heritage will be maintained and enhanced
- Walking, cycling and public transport will be convenient and affordable
- Opportunities for energy efficiency and renewable-energy generation will be maximised
- A range of cultural, recreational and commercial activities will be provided
- The retail needs of residents will be met whilst safeguarding and strengthening Oakham and Uppingham