Plans for nearly four thousand new homes on land at Aldershot Military base have been approved by Rushmoor Borough Council.
Building work on the first phase of 230 homes will start next year. The Aldershot Urban Extension, known as Wellesley, will also include two new schools, new link roads, play areas and community facilities.
Some of the town's historic military buildings, including the Cambridge Military Hospital will also become new homes.
Plans for almost four thousand new homes and facilities to be built in Aldershot have been approved by councillors.
The proposals passed last night by Rushmoor Borough Council will expand the town for the first time in almost a century. The Aldershot Urban Extension would be north of the town centre, on the former Aldershot Garrison site. The area is also known as Wellesley.
The development of up to 3,850 buildings will be phased in over the next twelve to fifteen years. The project is a joint project between the Ministry of Defence and Grainger plc.
“This is great news for Rushmoor. The development represents a huge investment in our borough, bringing more people to Rushmoor, providing much-needed new homes, new jobs and a welcome boost to the local economy. It is a powerful statement of the ambition of our borough – to be the best place to live and do business in the South-East.”
– Councillor Gareth Lyon, Chairman, Rushmoor Borough Council’s Development Control Committee
The British Army's newest vehicle is being tested in Dorset. The "Terrier" is a remote-controlled armoured digger weighing 30 tonnes. The Army says it will be a key part of the Royal Engineers' capability for decades to come.
Sixty terriers have been ordered as part of a £360m project with BAE Systems. The firm has designed and built the diggers in the UK.
Around 11,000 British troops based in Germany will return home by 2016 under plans which will see nearly £2 billion invested in Army housing and bases, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond will announce today.
Under the speeded-up withdrawal, the remaining 4,500 troops will be back in the UK by 2019, a year earlier than planned.
Around £1bn of the funding being announced today will go towards 1,900 new houses for service families and accommodation for 7,800 single soldiers.
Another £800 million will be spent on infrastructure and refurbishment of bases.
The Government hopes the plans will mean more cash is ploughed back into the British, rather than German, economy as well as creating new construction jobs in the UK.
Savings of around £240 million a year are also expected to be made through reductions in operating costs.
Body parts from soldiers killed in Afghanistan have been kept in hospital labs without permission from their families.
Six body parts and more than 50 tissue samples were reportedly retained by the Royal Military Police without relatives of the servicemen being notified.
Investigators from the Ministry of Defence reportedly discovered the body parts at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital, while the tissue samples are being held at the Bulford Garrison in Wiltshire.
"Investigations are being carried out urgently into this matter. The Royal Military Police Special Investigations Branch has also taken swift action to ensure this cannot happen again and are identifying the families affected as quickly as possible."