Work ongoing on Catterick Garrison development study

Work on a study for the future development of Catterick Garrison is well underway, officials say.

The assessment is being undertaken by consultants WYG.

Its aim is to assess the needs for the development of the garrison to support the future requirements of service personnel and their families.

The Ministry of Defence (M0D) said it continued to work closely with key stakeholders and recently held a strategic meeting with its partners Richmondshire District Council, North Yorkshire County Council and the Local Enterprise Project to update them on the progress.

Major General David Southall CBE, director army basing and infrastructure, said: “The team has worked hard throughout these challenging times to progress the assessment study and I am most grateful for the close collaboration and ongoing support from local authorities and our industry partners which has enabled this.

“I look forward to Spring next year; a key milestone for the project as the assessment study’s report will define how we progress development of Catterick Garrison.

“Our commitment remains to improve the lived experience for our service personnel and support the operational readiness of the British Army.”

Officials say that consideration is currently being given to the supporting infrastructure and provision of services across Catterick Garrison and the town including: education, highways and planning; and as the project develops the MOD and its partners will seek to engage with the public to keep them abreast of developments.

Leader of Richmondshire District Council, Cllr Angie Dale, said: “The development of Catterick Garrison is of huge importance to both the local area and the Richmondshire district as a whole.

“It is good to see the continuing engagement between the MOD and local authorities as we plan the housing, schools and health and highway improvements required to support the growth in the local population.

“We particularly support the proposals to engage with our local residents and for their voice to be heard in shaping our communities for the future.”

Leader of North Yorkshire County Council, Councillor Carl Les said: “Catterick Garrison is hugely important for the county.

“The investment there is considerable and we need to do the best job we can for the serving soldiers and their families.

“We are committed to improving the experience for our Servicemen and women.

“It also needs to be well-integrated within the community in North Yorkshire and residents in the area.”

WYG will deliver its findings in Spring 2021, with the initial construction phase planned to commence in 2023 and extend until 2031.