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Consultation opens on 1,200 home plan for Deepcut barracks

A planning application for the redevelopment of the Deepcut barracks site has been lodged with Surrey Heath Borough Council, which is inviting local residents and businesses to give their views.

The Ministry of Defence will vacate the site from 2016, and in July began the hunt for an integrated infrastructure solution to manage the transition to a new site.

The application, submitted by the Defence Infrastructure Organization, proposes a 1,200-home development, as well as community and sports facilities, on the 114 hectare site.

A primary school, services infrastructure, a care home, a  public house, dedicated play facilities, a library and medical facilities are also included in the plans.

Some 69 hectares of open space would be retained under the plan.

Regulatory portfolio holder Keith Bush said that in the coming years Deepcut would see “significant change with its evolution into a sustainable, high quality rural heathland village”.

“This will be the largest single development that Surrey Heath has ever seen. I encourage everyone to get involved in this consultation and have their say on the plans.”

The Deepcut site, used for training since around 1900, became notorious in recent years after a number of trainee soldiers died on the site, leading to a police investigation.

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