As reported by the BBC on 7 November 2016, a Government review of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) estate has concluded that ninety-one sites covering an area of approximately 32,500 acres will be released. This will result in running cost savings for the MoD, and free up land that has the potential to deliver up to 55,000 new homes.
Coincidentally, on the same day, as part of BSG Ecology’s programme of external Continued Professional Development (CPD) for clients and colleagues in related professions, Dr Peter Shepherd delivered lunchtime training for a national planning consultancy on wildlife issues associated with former MoD land. The presentation drew on our experience over the last 15 years of advising clients on development proposals (mixed use and residential) on former military land. It provided a brief overview of the Defence Training Estate and its wildlife assets before discussing the reasons why former MoD land often supports a range of wildlife. Dr Shepherd then used a series of case studies to illustrate the challenges we have encountered with the development of sites, and the solutions identified to address these.
If you would be interested in receiving similar CPD in this or other subjects relating to biodiversity and ecological issues, please give us a call. We would be happy to provide training at one of your offices.
A BBC article regarding Defence Estates changes can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37902141