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Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA)

As part of the Army Basing Programme, army units are being relocated to the Salisbury Plain Training Area.


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 the Army's Armoured capability.

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 1,300 new Service family homes and the construction, conversion or refurbishment of nearly 250 buildings, such as offices, garages, workshops and mess facilities.

All major planning applications have been submitted and approved by Wiltshire Council with only reserve matters and submission of some minor applications still outstanding.

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. 

The variation to the Project Allenby Connaught (PAC) contract was signed on 31 Oct 16 and construction activity is now underway across each of the SPTA Garrisons and at Aldershot. This is a huge piece of work and the Army and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation are working closely with Aspire Defence Limited (ADL) to ensure all necessary facilities are in place as required.

During Autumn 2016 Lovell was appointed as the Preferred Bidder to deliver the 917 Service Families Accommodation across Salisbury Plain.


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.

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