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Ministry of Defence announces intention to develop the Soodla training grounds

9. April 2019 - 9:13
Ministry of Defence announces intention to develop the Soodla training grounds
Ministry of Defence announces intention to develop the Soodla training grounds

The Ministry of Defence began the process of notifying owners of registered immovables located on or in close proximity to the Defence Force’s Soodla training grounds about the plan to begin national designated spatial planning and the strategic environmental assessment to be carried out within the framework thereof.

The training ground is necessary for developing the armoured manoeuvring capability of the Estonian Defence Forces and practicing cooperation with the armoured units of our NATO allies.

The Soodla training grounds cover approximately 5865 hectares, and the length of its external border is 32 kilometres. The exact boundary of the training ground will be determined during the preparation of the national designated spatial plan.

The plan includes a firing range and training area, roads and other structures, which are necessary for organising national defence training. The goal of preparing the national designated spatial plan is to specify the external border of the training ground, determine the location of the road running in a north-south direction in Koitjärve Village, outside of the Soodla training grounds, and the locations of connecting roads running between the Soodla training grounds and the Defence Forces’ central training area. The total size of the planning area, including the training grounds and possible connecting roads, is approximately 7390 ha.

The selection of the location of the Soodla training grounds was made with Directive No. 1.1-4/78 of the Minister of Public Administration of 09 April 2018, and approved in the Harju County Plan 2030+. Based on the decision made in the County Plan regarding the selection of a location, the most suitable location for the training ground, which has no alternatives, is located in the vicinity of the Soodla reservoir on the territories of Kuusalu and Anija rural municipalities.

The Soodla training ground, located on the territories of Kuusalu and Anija rural municipalities, in Harju County, was established by the Government of the Republic with its Decision of 9 July 2015.

The entire planning procedure is public and everyone is free to participate in the planning procedure and to express their opinion regarding the planning during that time.

The national designated spatial plan will be adopted by the Government of the Republic.