RAF Leuchars

Defence written question – answered on 25th March 2013.

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Photo of Menzies Campbell Menzies Campbell Liberal Democrat, North East Fife

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the titles are of the (a) sustainability studies, (b) other environmental studies and (c) associated action plans (i) completed and (ii) commissioned in relation to the transfer of the Typhoon Force from RAF Leuchars and the arrival of Army units.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The following sustainable development assessments have been completed to date for the relocation of the Typhoon Force from RAF Leuchars to RAF Lossiemouth, and the arrival of Army units:

a sustainability appraisal for the development of the estate at RAF Lossiemouth, to facilitate the arrival and future operation of up to three Typhoon Fighter 2 Squadrons, including the Northern Quick Reaction Alert facility; a sustainability appraisal for the delivery of an Adaptable Force Brigade Scotland, including Leuchars, Cavalry Barracks Redford, Dreghorn Barracks, Fort George, Glencorse and Kinloss; an updated sustainability appraisal for the Base Optimisation Programme (BOP) in Scotland; and an updated sustainable development action plan for the overarching BOP.

In addition, the following site-specific environmental assessments are planned to be commissioned in 2013 for all the sites in scope:

ecological desk and field scoping surveys, assessment of development constraints and recommendations for further ecological surveys; and cultural heritage desktop scoping assessments, assessment of development constraints and recommendations for further heritage surveys.

The above reports will support the forthcoming assessment studies on all the sites in scope.

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