This may be old news to some but should be of particular interest to fellow ARRSE Ashtead street-walkers who campaigned (in the face of certain NIMBY opposition) for planning permission to establish SSAFA's Norton House to accommodate families visiting their injured relatives. Still got the 17-0 tee-shirt (polo shirt actually) reflecting the council decision in our favour. Quite a night. Sigh... they were the days:
Dorking & Leatherhead Advertiser 10 July 2014 said:HEADLEY Court is to close the Ministry of Defence has announced.
The centre, which provides rehabilitation for injured armed forces personnel, will be replaced by a new £300m Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre based at Stanford Hall, near Loughborough. The new centre will be funded by donors led by the Duke of Westminster, who bought the stately home in 2011. The Ministry of Defence said the new centre would be of "great value".
Residents around Headley have voiced their concerns over what will become of the 84-acre site if it should close. The facility, which currently cares for 20,000 injured members of the armed forces, houses four gymnasiums, a swimming pool and hydrotherapy bath, several laboratories and residential halls.