Waterbeach Barracks site closure
The closure took place on Thursday (March 28th) with the MOD handing over the site to DIO (Defence Infrastructure Organisation) who have a security team on site.
My understanding is the site will be put up for sale by 2015.
Waterbeach Barracks ‘No New Town’ campaign update
I will of course continue to work hard with the local community to fight the idea of a new town and to protect our local rural identity. Indeed I have been campaigning with the community for over ten years now. It is so important we keep our united front. This will probably continue to be a long term campaign. To this end please see the blog post on March 30th by the Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, Cllr Nick Clarke http://nickclarkeconservative.wordpress.com/ which shows the many obstacles that would have to be overcome in terms of the proposed RLW (Royal London Waterbeach) new town concept. This includes, in his view, that upgrading both the A10 and A14 would be required. The infrastructure challenges, mean that, for good reason, the RLW developer’s new town idea has been rejected three times before.
Case Study – Oakington Barracks / Northstowe
You only have to look at the fact Oakington Barracks has been derelict for 14 years now – the site of the proposed Northstowe Town. This shows how long and difficult it can take to bring forward such a large development.
Even more reason that we find a use(s) for the site which are beneficial and complementary to our community. This represents the view of the vast majority of residents surveyed who have said they don’t want a town nor the barracks left derelict. We must ensure that we, as a community, we are in the driving seat shaping the future use(s) of the land.
Local Plan Process
The local plan process which District Councils have to complete is ongoing. This is to create a plan for the housing need in the District over the next 30 years. A draft of the local plan will go out for consultation in the summer. A submission to the Secretary of State will take place Dec 2013/Jan 2014. In the Spring/Summer 2014 there will be a Public Examination. Then in spring 2015 the District Council will look to adopt the plan.
‘No New Town’ Facebook page
The facebook campaign page has been getting a lot of visits. Please visit the campaign page for updates; www.facebook.com/waterbeachbarracksnonewtown
This will likely continue to be a long term fight for our community, let’s continue the united campaign.