RAF college plans submitted

Plans to build a £230 million military training centre on a former Royal Air Force (RAF) base have been submitted to a local council.

The Defence College of Technical Training (DCTT) will offer courses to all three branches of the armed forces if it opens as planned and will create around 1,700 jobs in the process.

According to planning documents, the site could also house an army museum that will nod to its past as an RAF airfield – with its current home at Arborfield Garrison near Reading to close.

Classes at the college will provide courses in electronic and mechanical and aeronautical engineering – as well as communications and information systems training.

Although plans have been submitted and the armed forces are looking to start the project as soon as possible, Wiltshire Council will not make a decision on it until September 2013 at the earliest.

Army chiefs hope work on the site will begin in early 2014 and the site will open by the end of 2015.