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Plans for new army homes on display

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation will display proposals for the development of more than 900 new army family homes in the Salisbury Plain area at a series of public exhibitions.

An example of service family accommodation.

An example of service family accommodation, MOD Crown Copyright

Members of the public will be able to view the proposals from 2pm to 7pm at Durrington Library on 28 January, at Tidworth Library on 29 January and at Amesbury Library on 2 February.

The events will provide an opportunity for local residents, army personnel and other interested parties to find out more about the plans, ask questions and give feedback to Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) representatives. The exhibition material will also be available online from 28 January.

The proposals are for housing developments and supporting facilities on MOD land at Ludgershall, Bulford and Larkhill and are part of wider infrastructure proposal to accommodate the 4,300 extra troops plus their families that will move to the Salisbury Plain area under the Army Basing Programme by the end of the decade.

DIO Senior Town Planner Stephen Harness said:

These exhibitions are a great opportunity for people to find out more about our plans for the sites. Our priority is to provide a better estate for our armed forces and these developments will provide quality homes for troops and their families.

We will take on board the public feedback before submitting planning applications.

Wiltshire Council leader Jane Scott added:

We are working with the DIO, army and partner organisations to ensure the right level of facilities and services including education, transport, leisure and healthcare facilities are in place in time for the relocation of service personnel and their families.

We welcome the fact DIO has organised these exhibitions to help keep communities informed and to give their feedback on the proposals for their area.

The proposals are the product of extensive public consultation on wider plans for the Salisbury Plain area which started nearly a year ago.

Online feedback will close on 20 February.

Published 20 January 2015