Council welcomes investment in MOD base

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has confirmed that it is developing plans for a new programme of investment in its site in Ashchurch, which includes releasing part of the land, to the east, for housing.

The announcement is welcomed by the council as the proposed investment will see the base renovated and modernised, with circa 15 hectares of land opened up to help meet a housing shortfall in the area.

Councillor Mel Gore, lead member for built environment, said: “I am really pleased to hear that a significant  investment is being planned for the Ashchurch MOD site. This is excellent news for the area. The release of a parcel of land is also welcome news – the land being made available will help address a shortfall of housing in the area and will be worked in with the overarching Garden Town programme to build a new community for Tewkesbury over the next 30 years.

“I know that the Garden Town programme team and the MOD will continue to work closely together to progress this great development opportunity.”

Original plans for the MOD site to be unlocked for housing development, as part of the Joint Core Strategy, were put on hold in November 2016, when the Defence Infrastructure Organisation announced that a significant portion of the site would be needed for at least 10 years.

For more information about the Tewkesbury Garden Town, visit tewkesburygardentown.co.uk

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