Army plans for 'super garrison' BBC News 30 November 2005 Col Millen said the plans would benefit local residents and soldiers Details of Â£1bn expansion plans for the British Army's largest base at Catterick have been unveiled. The base is one of the Ministry of Defence's highest priorities to become a so-called 'super garrison'. Proposals include 2,500 new houses, leisure facilities, retail outlets and up to five new barrack blocks. The development will see the North Yorkshire garrison's total population grow from 18,500 to 25,000 over the next 15 to 20 years. As part of the changes, soldiers will also be stationed at Catterick for longer, to give them and their families more stability and enhance their quality of life. 'Seamless garrison' Work has already begun on new accommodation blocks for single soldiers and construction of a Â£15m leisure centre is due to start in 2006. Commander of Catterick Garrison Col Nick Millen said the project was about developing retail and leisure opportunities for the wider community as well as providing barracks for the soldiers. "This isn't going to happen overnight," he said. "Of course we must consult with the public and of course we will consult with them but consultation does not necessarily mean agreement. "I think it would be naive to pretend that every aspect of this is going to be regarded by every person who lives here as a step forward and a bonus. "I hope that the end result is a seamless garrison that meets service needs and those of the wider community."