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  1. #1
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    Calls for military housing to be built on Upavon Way, Carterton

    FRESH calls have been made to build houses in Carterton after a lack of accommodation forced dozens of Brize Norton families to live outside of West Oxfordshire.

    Planning permission was granted in 2003 to build 200 homes for service personnel on the REEMA North and Central sites on Upavon Way, but the land remains undeveloped.

    Now the Ministry of Defence's (MoD) department for military housing has revealed more than 150 Brize personnel are currently living in Faringdon or Fairford, Gloucestershire.

    According to West Oxfordshire District Council's Local Plan, the 200 homes should have been completed in 2016, but were delayed 'for funding reasons'.

    https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/17...way-carterton/

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    I used to wonder why the RAF fail to retain or recruit personnel.

    This is another example of the:- aspiration v reality

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    A certain irony that the Govt have been very critical on the housing shortage being caused by private developers buying up land and then not building on it, yet a dept of the same Govt have done just that!

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    There is also the irony that the government would like to reduce car travel because of the congestion and pollution, yet here we have a major government department that couuld house at least some of its staff much closer to their workplace but failing to do so. I wonder how many other major military establishments are similarly adding to road usage unnecessarily?

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    TO be fair, I much preferred being quartered at Fairford!
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  6. Maybe the local 50% requirement for social/low cost housing on new developments was maybe the reason they didn't get built.

    Who would build an estate then have to give half away?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornish_Pikey View Post
    Maybe the local 50% requirement for social/low cost housing on new developments was maybe the reason they didn't get built.

    Who would build an estate then have to give half away?
    Aren't military married quarters classed as social / low cost housing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barch View Post
    Aren't military married quarters classed as social / low cost housing?
    Slums I thought


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  9. I would have though that Project Gateway, before it ground to an abrupt if foreseeable halt, would have moved the emphasis on required accommodation away from the serviceman to the civilian employee - thus negating some of the need for additional housing.

 

 

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