St George’s Barracks is due to close in 2020/21 as part of the MOD’s Better Defence Estate strategy, which aims to establish a more efficient, modern and capability focused defence estate. The strategy is a long-term approach to transform an estate built for previous generations of war fighting into one that will better support the Armed Forces’ future needs.
Rutland County Council have joined together with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and other local partners to look at possible options for the future of the site.
The shared vision is a mixed-use, sustainable community with four zones: a new ‘garden village’, a business/enterprise zone, leisure and recreation and minerals extraction. It is critical that we have sufficient and sustainable infrastructure to support this growth. This is something I have and will continue to discuss with Rutland County Council in great detail over the coming months.
The initial Master Plan was released in May 2018. The Council have stressed to me that this initial Master Plan is in no way the final design and will welcome all comments and views. A period of informal consultation followed, after which the Council will take time to look in detail at all the responses and form a more detailed plan. This will be released later this year.
For further information and updates on the project, please visit the Council’s website. Here you will find FAQs, presentations made at consultation events and various other documents.