RAF Lyneham: MoD reveals details of training centre plan

More details have been revealed about Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to turn RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire into a defence training centre.

An online questionnaire has also been set up for people to have their say on the plans.

The planning application is expected to be submitted in the middle of next year, with training beginning at the end of 2015.

The MoD made the decision to close RAF Lyneham in 2002.

The decision was part of a strategic review of military bases.

The Hercules transporter planes, which were the heart of RAF Lyneham, left last year for RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

Simulate scenarios

Many of the 4,500 military and civilian personnel have since moved to Brize Norton, with only 15 still based in Lyneham.

Training in maintaining machinery and military equipment which currently takes place at Bordon, in Hampshire, and Arborfield, in Berkshire, will be transferred to the new college at Lyneham in 2015.

The college will comprise three main training schools; electronic and mechanical engineering, aeronautical engineering, and communications and information systems.

The plans include workshops, classrooms and laboratories, as well as sports and welfare facilities and some refurbished military accommodation.

There will also be an outdoor training area to simulate scenarios such as recovering overturned vehicles.

The questionnaire, which asks what impact people think the college will have on the area, must be submitted by 21 December.

Building work is expected to start in January 2014.

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