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02 Aug 07. Defence Ministers and the Head of the Army have welcomed a decision by local councillors to allow a Forces charity to provide accommodation for the families of injured personnel being rehabilitated at Headley Court. Mole Valley District Council approved a planning application by the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA Forces Help to purchase a house near the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) at Headley Court in Surrey. The seven-bedroom house will now be converted to provide accommodation for the relatives of injured Service personnel receiving treatment at Headley Court. Initially, some local residents had raised objections to the plan.Secretary of State for Defence, Des Browne MP said: “It is fantastic news that this planning application has been approved. I
would like to thank SSAFA and all those who have worked hard over the last few months to provide this home-from-home for families with a loved one recovering at Headley Court.
“The hard work and dedication of Sue Norton and her husband Captain Peter Norton GC has captured the imagination of the public and I hope this decision now means that their lives will be a little easier as Capt Norton continues his rehabilitation.”
Under Secretary of State for Defence, Derek Twigg MP said: “I am absolutely delighted that Mole Valley District Council has granted permission for this development. Headley Court provides world class rehabilitative care, and it is important that families can be close to their loved ones during what can be difficult and stressful times.
“Through their unanimous vote, the Councillors have sent a clear message of
support on behalf of the residents of Ashtead and this is something that we in
the Army appreciate enormously.”
Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Richard Dannatt, “I am grateful to SSAFA for their generous offer for the families of those being treated at Headley Court and we must continue to work together to make sure our personnel and their families get the best possible care.”
Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Richard Dannatt said: “On behalf of the Army, I would like thank SSAFA Forces Help for their determination to provide a residential facility for visiting families at Headley Court. I would also like to pay tribute to Mole Valley Council for their understanding and judgement over this sensitive issue. Through their unanimous vote, the Councillors have sent a clear message of support on behalf of the residents of Ashtead and this is something that we in the Army appreciate enormously.
“What is most important now is that we continue our work in partnership with SSAFA Forces Help to ensure that our soldiers and their families are given the
support that they need at a very difficult time.”
Comment: The behaviour of local residents in trying to stop this initiative beggars belief! Sources say that the casualty rate is rising to worrying levels of between 15-17% per deployment which would give 900 approx. per Brigade and a 26% Territorial contingent. More worryingly is that when these Brigades are redeployed into theatre these shortfalls are not made up.

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