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All systems go for MoD Stafford super garrison

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: May 20, 2014

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WORK will start on a super garrison at MoD Stafford within days after planners passed the detailed proposals.

Some 346 homes will be built at the Beaconside base which will be home to 1,000 extra troops and their families relocating from Germany next year.

The move will see 16 Signal Regiment and 1 Armoured Division Signal Regiment move to the town.

Outline permission was granted in March but Stafford Borough Council planners met to consider the finer detail.

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Objector Alistair Kirk is a former RAF engineer who moved to Stafford after being based in the married quarters.

He told Stafford Borough Council’s planning committee the garden of his Douglas Road Wet home would be damaged by the removal of a chainlink fence separating it from the base.

Developers Lovell are replacing it with a lower boarded fence.

“I know there’s barbed wire on it but that could easily be replaced. There will be a lot of commotion removing this old fence,” said Mr Kirk.

Ward Councillor Jack Kemp said: “We have been let down by the developer and the MoD not retaining that fence.”

Councillor Sharon Hollinshead said: “it would disrupt his garden if (the fence) is removed.”

The committee agreed to add a condition to retain the fence by the adjacent playing field but stopped short of retaining it where it borders the houses on Douglas Road West.

Barry Hanson, who represents the MoD, said: “As soon as we have received the planning approval letter we will start on site.”

In January the MoD awarded a £51million contract to Lovell following the announcement of a £100million contract to carry out the major redevelopment of the Barracks which are already home to 1 Signal Regiment.

The work will be completed in time for the arrival of the troops at the end of summer next year.

After the meeting Mr Kirk, 70, said: “It’s a stupid injustice. Nobody is going to gain from this. It doesn’t make any common sense whatsoever that they should vote against it.”

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