Salisbury Plain will see the largest increase in troop numbers under the Programme, as it is the only place in the country that can accommodate the complex and demanding training needed to maintain operational effectiveness of three of the Army's four high readiness Reaction Force Brigades.
Following extensive public consultation the MOD set out how it intends to accommodate the 4,000 extra Army personnel and their families that will move to the area in its Salisbury Plain Masterplan.
Plans include around 2,500 bed spaces for single soldiers, more than 1,000 new Service family homes and the construction, conversion or refurbishment of nearly 250 buildings, such as offices, garages, workshops and mess facilities.
Wiltshire Council has granted planning permission for main development works at Pernham Down, Tidworth, Bulford and Larkhill. Wiltshire Council also resolved to grant planning permission for the three SFA developments, subject to the signing of a legal agreement and discharging a number of conditions.
The DIO and Army are working closely with Wiltshire Council to develop and deliver the required infrastructure and to help ensure local services are in place as units move.
World Heritage site
There has been particular interest around the proposals for new living accommodation at Larkhill, where the plan is to provide some 444 additional homes for Service families and garage facilities. These proposals do not include any development that will negatively impact the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. They maintain the DIO’s strong commitment to preserving the historic environment within the Defence estate.