Plans for the major development of Catterick Garrison – which will see a 50% increase in service personnel over the next 15 years – has received a cash injection of £70,000.
Three separate pots of central government funding have been awarded to Richmondshire District Council for the scheme – to help the planning and housing elements and boost communications.
The Garrison currently has a population of 5,700 soldiers which will rise to around 8,400 by 2030. Added to that is a transient population of around 3,000 soldiers – and all the family members – which highlights the MOD’s long term commitment to the Garrison.
The MOD is currently working to assess how this will impact on the town and liaising with the local authorities – Richmondshire District Council and North Yorkshire County Council - to build the impact on local services into the Garrison Masterplan.
Central Government’s Planning Delivery Fund has allocated a total of £50,000 to support innovative housing design – consultants will work with the district and county council and the MOD on the masterplanning exercise for this work. To further support the work the MOD has agreed to fund an additional three year post in the Richmondshire District Council planning team to cope with demand during the exercise.
And £20,000 has been allocated to support communications work to keep local people up to date with the development work.
“Catterick is a major Army Garrison and we have plans to base more units here over the next decade,” said Lt Col Joe Jordan, Catterick Garrison Commander.
“We are working very closely with the local authorities, the Local Enterprise Partnership and other key community stakeholders to ensure that all of our plans are coherent and integrated. We are committed to the development of Catterick Garrison and we are delighted to hear that Richmondshire District Council has received this cash injection from Central Government to assist with the planning and housing elements.”
Deputy Leader of Richmondshire District Council, Councillor Ian Threlfall, said the military presence is an important part of the district.
“There are already almost 6,000 permanent military residents in Richmondshire and that is set to rise considerably over the coming years,” he said. “They are an important part of the district and it is vital that we plan for them now and in the future. These grants allow us to do that work.”
And North Yorkshire County Council leader Councillor Carl Les, who is also the County Council’s Armed Forces Champion, added: “We’re proud in North Yorkshire of our military connections and the personnel and families of Catterick Garrison are an integral part of county life, contributing greatly to the area’s communities and economy.
“We’re working closely with the garrison, the district council and other partners to ensure the best possible future as the garrison expands. I welcome the cash contribution from MoD to help with resourcing such a significant project.”