RAF St. Athan

Defence written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Dame Cheryl Gillan Dame Cheryl Gillan Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in what ways his Department plans to participate in the public consultation proposals for a defence and training academy at St. Athan.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Following selection by the Ministry of Defence as preferred bidder for provision of the Defence Technical Academy at St. Athan, the Metrix Consortium is preparing to submit planning applications to the Vale of Glamorgan council. As part of their preparations, Metrix have instigated a public consultation process, the first stage of which will be a series of public exhibitions in the week of 14 July. This aims to ensure that local stakeholders and members of the public can view and discuss the proposed plans. A public website will be made available, letters will be sent to key stakeholders and advertisements will be placed in the local press. The Ministry of Defence will be supporting Metrix in this process, in particular by providing advice and guidance on both their proposals and approach to public consultation and by making available representatives who can respond to any questions arising. The MOD and Metrix are committed to this programme of consultation and communication with the local community.

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