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Military Civilian Integration Partnership (Incorporating Wiltshire's Community Covenant Partnership)

Army Basing in Wiltshire

Wiltshire has had, and will continue to have, a significant military presence and Wiltshire Council ensures that we consider what any military changes mean for our local communities across the county. In particular looking at infrastructure (e.g. schools, leisure and roads), impact on the economy and the delivery of services.

What is the Army Basing Programme?

The Ministry of Defence (MOD)’s Army Basing Programme will relocate some 4,300 troops and their families to Wiltshire by 2020. Further information can be seen in the Workstream.

What is the Military Civilian Integration (MCI) Partnership

In order to help Wiltshire Council deliver high quality infrastructure programmes and services we work with the Ministry of Defence in the Military Civilian Integration (MCI) Partnership. This was established in 2006. This shapes and positively influences any changes in the military presence, for the benefit of both the civilian and military communities in Wiltshire. It also provides local communities with support to make bids to an Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme, which awards funds to projects bringing civilian and military communities together.

Who is involved in the MCI Partnership?

  • The following are represented on the MCI Partnership Board:
  • Wiltshire Council - The Council Leader (Chair); Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Skills and Strategic Transport; a Corporate Director; Director Economic Development and Planning and the MCI Manager
  • The Army’s first Artillery Brigade and Headquarters South West - Commanding Officer
  • MOD’s Directorate of Information Systems and Services
  • The Defence Infrastructure Organisation
  • Defence College of Technical Training
  • The Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership
  • The Homes and Communities Agency
  • Voluntary Sector (represented by Community First)

What is the aim of the MCI partnership?

The aim is to improve the economic and social benefits of the military presence in the county. By working together both the Armed Forces personnel, their families, veterans, and local communities will benefit.

The partnership has seven main objectives:

  1. To identify and respond to the changing military ‘footprint’ in Wiltshire
  2. To maximise the economic contribution of the military to the county
  3. To ensure the council and its partners can meet the needs of military personnel, their families and veterans as changes occur
  4. To capitalise on opportunities for regeneration and building sustainable communities
  5. To ensure the county continues to remain an attractive location for our Armed Forces and long-term investment by MOD
  6. To encourage local communities to support the Armed Forces through the Wiltshire Community Covenant Grant Scheme
  7. To assist service leavers in career transition and into employment in the area, helping soldiers back into civilian society

How often does the Board meet?

The MCI Partnership Board meets on average every three months and provides strategic direction and guidance to the partnership and directs the work of its MCI Delivery Group.

What is the MCI Delivery Group?

The MCI Delivery Group meets every two months or so and directs and monitors progress on the agreed work streams. The Delivery Group comprises of representatives from all the key stakeholder organisations including various Wiltshire Council planning, public health, communications, communities and finance teams as well as the Army, voluntary sector and Wiltshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group.

What’s happening and when?

Currently, there are eight work streams that the MCI Partnership manages:

1. Army Basing

The MOD's announcement on Army 2020 and the Army Basing Plan, outlined the number of troops returning from Germany and around £800m investment by MOD over the next four years. 20th Armoured Brigade with over 4,000 troops will relocate from Germany to the Salisbury Plain area by 2020. Other infrastructure investment (health, transport, education etc.) in the Salisbury Plain area is planned to be provided to support the new MOD development. Details of specific unit relocations and timescales are contained within a briefing note prepared by Wiltshire Council for local town and parish councils affected:

Arming rebasing brief note for town and parish councils 521kb Arming rebasing brief note for town and parish councils

Wiltshire Council is working closely with the MOD's estate management organisation, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), and agencies from across the country to make sure key facilities and infrastructure (e.g. schools, leisure and roads) will be in place for both the local community and the military personnel and their families.

The MOD consulted on its development proposals throughout late 2013 and mid-2014, and then produced an amended Masterplan which was recognised by the council’s Strategic Planning Committee in October 2014, as an important piece of work that sets the context across the whole of the Salisbury Plain development and will inform subsequent planning applications. It demonstrated that the proposed development has been planned in an appropriate manner and that all potential locations for Service Family Accommodation (SFA) and development within Army bases have been appraised, with the selected sites representing the optimum solution.

The consultation exercises were supported by public meetings in Tidworth’s Garrison Theatre and Wellington Academy. They were supplemented by two exhibitions set up in local libraries serving Tidworth, Salisbury, Amesbury, Pewsey and Warminster community areas. DIO amended its plans to take account the views of numerous stakeholders which included statutory authorities (English Heritage, the Environment Agency, Natural England and the Highways Authority) as well as education and health providers.

Following the presentation of the Masterplan to the SPC, a series of planning applications for development at the various Army bases being prepared by the DIO. The first application for Junior Rates Singl Living Accommodation was receive in mid-November 2014

As part of the engagement process monthly newsletters are issued to parish councils within the Amesbury, Pewsey, Tidworth and Warminster Area Boards.

Army Basing Masterplan update

Since the Master plan was compiled DIO has worked up layouts of the Service Family Accommodation to be submitted with planning applications. The schemes are presently being consulted by DIO with local councillors prior to submission in early 2015.

2. Defence College of Technical Training (DCTT)

The new Defence College of Technical Training at MOD Lyneham is due to open progressively from July 2015, with it being fully operational in early 2016 with around 2,000 students and staff. Planning permission was granted in October 2013. The construction contract for the first stage of work, worth around £121m, was awarded to Hercules, a joint venture of Kier and Balfour Beatty in December 2013. The ‘end state’ will see around 5,500 students and staff on site by 2019 when all phases of development have completed.

3. Armed Forces Covenant/Military Civilian Community Integration

PDFWiltshire's Armed Forces Community Covenant 11mb

Wiltshire’s Armed Forces Community Covenant was launched in August 2011.

The aim of the Community Covenant is to encourage local communities to support the service community and enhance understanding and awareness amongst the public of issues affecting the Armed Forces Community. For more information on the Community Covenant Grant Scheme, including the deadlines set by MOD,

PDFWiltshire's Armed Forces Veterans Charter and Action Plan 367kb was adopted in 2011 and describes the work of organisations to meet the needs of service veterans in the area.

4. Employment and Enterprise

The main purpose of this work is to support the employment and enterprise aspirations of service leavers and military dependants. Also, it offers support and guidance to those thinking of starting a business.

This work stream links into the Wiltshire Business Support Service and The Enterprise Network and works in collaboration with MOD’s Careers Transition Partnership. Four new enterprise centres (Castledown, Ludgershall; Old Fire Station, Salisbury; Manor House, Royal Wootton Bassett; and White Horse, Trowbridge) have been opened across the county. A further six Enterprise Centres will open by December 2015. Providing the ideal environment for small or start-up businesses to flourish and grow.

5. Employment and Skills

City Deal 2

City Deal is a Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) initiative – currently being negotiated with government departments – to unlock the economic potential of the military presence and use the skills of service leavers to support business growth. SWLEP and the MCI are working in collaboration to achieve these outcomes.

The deal has now been incorporated into the recent Local Growth Deal which will see £129.1million invested in Swindon and Wiltshire. £12.8million has been confirmed in the first year, and as part of the Government's on-going commitment to the Swindon and Wiltshire LEP it has provided an indicative award of a further £116.3million of funding from 2016/17 onwards. The deal will help to create up to 1,500 jobs, allow up to 2,000 homes to be built and generate up to £70million in public and private investment.

University Technical College

The University Technical College (UTC) partnership will establish a new college, specialising in Science and Engineering for around 600 14-18 year olds, in Salisbury. The distinctive characteristic of UTCs is their close links with employers, including Army’s first Artillery Brigade and Headquarters South West, and universities. The college will open with an initial cohort of 14-16 year olds in September 2015 and is estimated to be worth £40m over the next decade.

Troops to Teachers

The Troops to Teachers programme is a government backed scheme to recruit the very best ex-Armed Forces personnel as teachers. Bath Spa University is part of a consortium of six universities working with a range of outstanding primary and secondary schools to support the development and delivery of the programme. The consortium will enable ex-Armed Forces personnel to train to teach by accessing newly created initial teacher training routes

6. Best Practice

We are to lead on best practice with other garrisons with MCI issues (nationally & regionally)To ensure MCI groups across the UK can learn lessons from each other to improve integration

7. Leader

Consider the community projects that assist military aims that could be eligible for grant funding in order for funding to be provided.

8. Heritage

To manage events relating to culture and heritage (e.g. WWI commemorations) Helping to promote military contribution to society


In addition to the above work streams Wiltshire Council has at the behest of the Partnership, undertaken a number of research projects which are detailed below:

  • PDFMilitary Presence and Economic Significance in the South West Region 3mbMilitary Presence and Economic Significance in the South West Region Military Presence and Economic Significance in the South West Region - This report examined the military presence in the South West (March 2009)
  • PDFEnvisioning the Future 3mb - This report provided a comprehensive assessment of the military presence in Wiltshire (July 2009)
  • Military population in Wiltshire and the South West region Military population in Wiltshire and the South West region - (October 2012)
  • PDFVeteran population in Wiltshire - February 2014 4mb

Community Covenant Grant Scheme

The Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme is intended to provide financial support to projects at the local level, which strengthen the ties or the mutual understanding between members of the Armed Forces Community and the wider community in which they live. This scheme is administered on a regional basis through a number of panels (3 per year), chaired on a rotating basis by the Royal Navy, Army and RAF.

More information about the criteria and an application form is available at the MoD website. Deadlines for the grant scheme are set by the MOD. All applications, however, must be endorsed by the local Community Covenant Partnership (in Wiltshire this is the MCI Partnership). Therefore, all completed applications should be sent to corporateoffice@wiltshire.gov.uk

Deadline dates for applications for future rounds are:

  • 15 December 2014

Applications need to be sent to the Communities and Voluntary Sector Support (CVSS) unit at Wiltshire Council using the email address above. The earlier you can submit an application the better as this gives the CVSS unit a chance to gather further information, if necessary, before the application is submitted to the Wiltshire panel for endorsement. Applications need to be endorsed locally before they are submitted to the regional panel.

So far funding of £763,773 has been drawn down into Wiltshire from the Community Covenant Grant Scheme. Read the PDFCommunity Covenant Newsletter Community Covenant Newsletter 192kb for more information on the local projects that have been awarded funding.

MCI Partnership - Fact File

  • Currently, around 15,000 military personnel and an estimated 16,000 dependants are based in Wiltshire
  • It is estimated that there are about 54,000 veterans in Wiltshire
  • The military is the biggest employer in Wiltshire
  • Many more jobs are ‘Defence dependent’
  • The spending power of military personnel is worth over £450m per year
  • The development of the Salisbury Plain Super Garrison as a result of the Army Basing Plan will attract multi-million pound investment by MOD of around £800m into the county
  • The Defence College of Technical Training will open at MoD Lyneham in early 2016 – the construction contract is worth around £121m
  • Tedworth House, Tidworth, is one of four Recovery Centres run by Help for Heroes which form part of the Defence Recovery Capability
  • Around 1,000 young people are members of the cadet forces in Wiltshire
  • MoD makes a significant contribution towards conservation and environmental protection in Wiltshire

MCI-related information on the internet

Further Information

For further information, please contact: mci@wiltshire.gov.uk

Last updated: 21 January 2015



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