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Roads' chiefs fire warning shot over Winchester MoD college plan
11:31am Tuesday 19th February 2013 in News
HIGHWAY chiefs have fired a warning shot to the Ministry of Defence over plans for the £270m redevelopment of Worthy Down Army base, near Winchester.
The MoD lodged plans for a new Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force college with Winchester City Council last year.
Now the county highways authority has recommended that the application should be refused unless improvements are made to the travel plan as traffic in and out of the camp is expected to more than double.
The county wants more detail about proposed improvements to the hourly bus service, including a possible private shuttle to Winchester railway station, and consideration of a possible new off-road cycle route to the city.
Under the scheme, up to 92 new homes for service families would be built on farmland behind the existing married quarters in Connaught Road. It is proposed to bulldoze most of the camp's buildings to make way for new barracks, a mess building, classrooms, offices and welfare facilities.