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Stafford super garrison set to take next step

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: May 14, 2014

ON THE MARCH...Stafford super garrison a step closer

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PLANS for a Stafford super garrison are set to take the next step when plans for 346 homes go before planners.

They will house soldiers from 16 Signal Regiment and 1 Armoured Division Signal Regiment who will relocate from Germany to the town’s Beacon Barracks.

Work is expected to be completed by summer next year and it the barracks will become one of the Army’s seven major bases.

In January the Ministry of Defence announced a £51million contract to build the homes would be given to Lovell Partnerships Ltd, following the announcement of a £100million contract to carry out the major redevelopment of the barracks which 1 Signal Regiment already call home.

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Outline planning permission to build houses was granted in March last year to provide homes for military personnel and their families so members of Stafford Borough council’s planning committee will consider the finer details when they meet on Tuesday.

There will be a mix of semi detached and terraced, two and three-story houses along with pedestrian and cycle paths linking the base to Beaconside, Dickson Road, and the nearby playing fields.

Each house will have two or three parking spaces and there will be some visitor parking spaces on the public section of the site.

Not everyone is happy though with three residents objecting because of demands on the infrastructure.

Jennifer Gatrell, of Charnley Road, Stafford, said: “Three hundred and fifty homes will create undue pressure on local amenities. Stafford doesn’t have a functional A&E department and the local schools that are subject to three classes per year group are in special measures. Coupled with the Marston development potentially 3,000-plus people could arrive. These families would need access to healthcare and education.”

Officers have recommended the plans be approved saying: “The layout, scale and appearance of the housing and landscaping of the site shown is acceptable.”

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