£250M investment in new homes for service families announced
The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced plans to invest £250 million to build new homes for Service personnel and their families on Salisbury Plain.
The significant investment will see nearly 1000 new homes built in three locations across Salisbury Plain, the British Army’s largest training area in the UK.
The new homes will offer modern three and four bedroom accommodation, as well as a number of bungalows and adapted homes for families with specific needs, such as wheelchair access.
The new homes will support Service personnel and their families relocating from Germany in 2019 and also units moving within the UK.
Pre-construction work on the project has already begun, including off-site highways to facilitate access to the new homes. The returning troops can expect modern accommodation, as well as access to catering, retail and leisure facilities.
The £250 million investment comes alongside a further £90 million in road and utility improvements in support of the three developments. £1.1 billion has already pledged to the Salisbury Plain area for living and working accommodation ‘behind the wire’ including 2,500 bed spaces for single soldiers and the construction, conversion or refurbishment of nearly 250 other buildings such as offices, garages, workshops and mess facilities.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “This considerable investment in nearly 1,000 new homes is a reflection of our commitment to supporting Armed Forces families. Service families make an immense contribution to our country and I’m delighted to announce this £250 million funding for new homes to welcome our troops relocating from Germany.”
Work on the new homes, which are being built under the Army Basing Programme (ABP), is expected to be completed in May 2020.
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