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New Winchester MoD base approved

Construction of a new Ministry of Defence (MoD) military training centre in Winchester has moved a step closer following planning approval for the project.

Outlined by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), the submission for redevelopment of the Worthy Down site includes the creation of new accommodation for those training at the centre, as well as delivering new buildings for administration.

It will bring together training facilities for each of the armed forces - Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force - to a single site, helping to improve efficiencies.

In total, the new centre will cater for up to 2,000 students at a time, with a focus on Phase 2 and 3 training for logistics, personnel and administrative staff.

David Salmond, DIO deputy head of major projects, said: "DIO's priority is to support our Armed Forces as they live, work and train. This planning decision marks an incredibly important milestone for Project Wellesley."

He added the DIO is committed to proceeding with this development in a sustainable manner, while also ensuring the new facilities on offer enable military personnel stationed at the base to operate to the best of their ability.

The scheme will take approximately five years to complete.

Elsewhere, the MoD recently gave permission for the creation of up to 1,200 new residential properties on brownfield land at Shorncliffe Garrison in Folkestone.

Taylor Wimpey, the MoD, Shepway District Council and the DIO will collaborate on the project, with the new homes to be built to accommodate military personnel and their families. Additional facilities for the base will also include a new Army Cadet Centre and sports areas.

Peter Truscott, Taylor Wimpey south divisional chairman, said: "We are looking forward to working with Shepway District Council and DIO to create an exciting new community and deliver much needed new homes, supporting infrastructure and facilities to Folkestone." 

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