RAF Lyneham - Plan B
Alternative plans for RAF Lyneham could provide 3,000 new jobs if army say NO
Alternative plans for RAF Lyneham should the British Army say no to taking over the site were put forward at a meeting at the Wiltshire Golf and Country Club last night.
Plan 'B', as it was referred to, would mean a redevelopment of the existing site to include eco-homes, an equestrian centre, educational facilities and an entertainment arena which would also feature a theme-park area.
The scheme would provide an estimated 3,000 new jobs, enough to fill the economic gap that the departing RAF personnel will leave when the base closes for operations later this year it was heard.
Explaining Plan B:
Eddie Shah - see SWTV interview above
The event was hosted by Wiltshire Golf and Country Club owner Eddie Shah, who helped shape the commercial plans.
"RAF Lyneham as we know it is no longer," he said, "and we all have to accept that.
"The army using the site is the best option, of course, but we have to think ahead and think quickly as to what will happen if they decide not to use the base for military use.
"Lyneham was crucial in this area economically, estimated at £90 million per year, and it's up us to show the way forward with a commercial solution if needs be."
More details are available via the Wootton Bassett.biz link below.
photos by Calyx