Defence sites to be developed for housing
The Ministry of Defence is selling 12 sites for housing developments.
The MoD said that the sale is expected to generate £500m, which will be reinvested in the defence budget. The land is enough for approximately 15,000 new homes.
The 12 sites listed below form the first tranche of the MoD’s plan to reduce the size of its built estate by 30%. The MoD owns 452,000 hectares across the UK, which 1% of the entire landmass.
The 12 sites are:
- RAF Molesworth, Cambridgeshire
- RAF Alconbury in Cambridgeshire
- RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk
- RAF Barnham, Suffolk
- MoD Feltham, London
- Kneller Hall, Twickenham
- Claro barracks, Ripon
- Deverell barracks, Ripon
- Lodge Hill, Kent
- Craigiehall, Edinburgh
- HMS Nelson Wardroom, Portsmouth
- Hullavington Airfield, Wiltshire
Defence minister Mark Lancaster said: “By streamlining the defence estate, we will ensure that it better meets the needs of the armed forces well into the future. Defence has the strongest incentive to become more efficient; with every pound we make by disposing of excess land reinvested into a defence budget that keeps Britain safe.
“We are also making an important contribution of 55,000 homes to the wider government housing targets. Every acre that we can free up will ensure that more people have the opportunity to own their own home.”
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This article was published on 19 Jan 2016 (last updated on 20 Jan 2016).