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Summary of research showing how the release of former military land could create benefits for local residents as well as ex-service personnel.

Summary of research showing how the release of former military land could create benefits for local residents as well as ex-service personnel.

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  • Most of the story will never be told-- seven years of going through the leasehold valuation tribunal---- Go the the CARLEX web site you will see thousands of leaseholders who are furious at the way they are being ripped off/ignored-- as a leaseholder you considered vassal to your freeholder--- this is the true story not the common purpose spin by First Wessex.
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  • Paul, I suggest you read the full Bill Sargent Trust report rather than commenting on a single slide - clearly the full story of Rowner won't be told in one line. I'm not quite sure what the reference to Common Purpose is about. I was commissioned as an independent researcher by the Bill Sargent Trust and Common Purpose had no connection with my research.
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  • Why did the Rowner Regeneration come about? Because leaseholders spent 7 years going through the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal to get the building restored and reduce outrageous service charges!
    We did not expect COMMON PURPOSE to rewrite this history!
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    Forces for good: new uses from surplus military land Forces for good: new uses from surplus military land Presentation Transcript

    • FORCES FOR GOODlocal benefits from surplus military landresearch by Julian Dobson for the Bill Sargent Trust
    • THE BIG ISSUE An unprecedented amount of military land will be soldbetween now and 2020. If it is done well, there could be huge long term benefits for ex-service personnel and local communities. If it is done badly, years of blight and extra public expense are likely.
    • Former RAF Binbrook, Brookenby picture by Fen Kipley, Community Lincs
    • THREE BIGPRESSURESThe scale of defence cuts: Minimum of 17,000 armedforces and 25,000 civilian job losses.The scale of military landholdings: MOD owns 1% ofUK land. Restructuring will make much of it surplus torequirements.Pressures on the Ministry of Defence: MOD isexpected to use land sales to generate income to balance itsbudget - generating £3.4bn from 1998-2008. Thisincentivises short-term thinking.
    • WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG Rowner estate, Gosport: £145m regeneration schemerequired after piecemeal land sales in 1980s and 1990s
    • WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG RAF bases, Lincolnshire: Cost of additional publicservices for rural communities estimated at £20m+(data & picture from Fen Kipley, Community Lincs)
    • WHEN WE GET IT RIGHT Caterham Barracks, Surrey: Affordable homes andcommunity facilities owned by a resident-controlled trust
    • WHEN WE GET IT RIGHT Aldershot Urban Extension:Long term partnership betweenRushmoor Council and DefenceInfrastructure Organisation to create shared value Initial thoughts for Wellesley, Aldershot by Grainger plc
    • WHO IS AFFECTED?Local residents: In many areas there are strong social andeconomic ties between the military and local communities.Public service providers: Vacant or poorly redevelopedsites have implications for health, transport, education,housing and social services.Ex-forces personnel: Many ex-service people have strongties with their base locality. The reuse of surplus sites couldprovide them with homes or employment.
    • WHAT ARE THE RISKS?Poor decision-making: Many local authorities are notaware of which sites may come up for disposal and have nostrategy for their reuse.Lack of coordination: Liaison between MOD, Homes andCommunities Agency, local authorities and residents ispatchy. Government departments work at cross-purposes.Rushed land sales: The drive for a quick capital receiptcan lead to sales to absentee landlords or developers thatlack capacity to deliver.
    • WHAT ARE THE RISKS?(2)Long term blight: Poorly handled disposals lead to aspiral of neglect.Disrupted communities: Loss of employment and salesof housing to absentee landlords lead to economic and socialdecline.Public expense: It can be costly and time consuming toregenerate former military sites sold in poor condition, andto address economic and social disruption.
    • ‘My husband once said it’s easier to doa tour of Afghanistan than to live here.’ Resident, former MOD community, Lincolnshire (from research by Fen Kipley, Community Lincs)
    • Royal Hospital Haslar, Gosport
    • WHAT ARE THEOPPORTUNITIES?A future for ex-service personnel: Sites can be reusedto provide homes and job opportunities where people havelocal connections.Local economic development: New employment usescan compensate for former military employment: BrooklynNavy Yard in New York hosts 275 businesses and hasgenerated 6,000 jobs.Affordable housing: Former military sites can meet localhousing need, as at Chatham Dockyard.
    • WHAT ARE THEOPPORTUNITIES? (2)Community assets: Redevelopment can createopportunities for community ownership, as at CaterhamBarracks.Preservation of heritage: Restoration of heritagebuildings can create economic opportunities, as atPortsmouth Naval Base Property Trust.New open spaces: Rainham Marshes was sold to theRoyal Society for the Protection of Birds as a wildlife site.
    • ‘It’s not just about what you can giveaway when something’s disposed of,it’s about sharing assets you’ve both got and bringing them together.’ Participant in Bill Sargent Trust policy round table
    • Rowner estate, Gosport
    • A FRAMEWORK FORTHE FUTUREThe key partners: Local authorities, DefenceInfrastructure Organisation, Homes & Communities Agency,housing providers, community trusts, local residents.A common bond: The Armed Forces Covenant used as away of facilitating discussion and planning about how bestto reuse sites.Shared value: Wider economic and social value put at theheart of the disposals process; end target-driven landdisposals.
    • FOUR CALLS TOACTIONTake a long term approach: Value assets according tolong term use and public benefit, not just immediate cashreceipts.Co-operate: Create incentives for departments tocooperate in the wider public interest.Share good practice: Spread information about whatworks well and build networks of interested communities.Learn: Consider international experience and lessons fromprevious disposals.
    • FOUR PRINCIPLES FORSUCCESSMaximise public benefit from assets acquired withpublic funds.Interpret value broadly, building on recent TreasuryGreen Book guidance.Localism: ‘Nothing about us without us’ should be aguiding principle.Long term visions to envisage how surplus military assetscan enhance local communities.
    • ‘The full value of goods such as health, educational success, family and community stability, andenvironmental assets cannot simply be inferred from market prices.’ HM Treasury Green Book, Annex 2
    • FIND OUT MORE www.bstrust.org.uk www.urbanpollinators.co.uk