Defence Minister has announced the release of 12 MOD sites, as part of the department’s drive for greater efficiency.
The disposal, which will generate £500 million, will provide the land for around 15,000 new homes in support of the government’s ambition to build 160,000 by 2020.
The income generated from the sales will be ploughed back into defence. This follows the announcement in the summer that all MOD savings will be reinvested into a defence budget that will rise every year of this parliament, ensuring that our armed forces have the equipment they need to keep Britain safe. As part of the recent Strategic Defence and Security Review, the equipment budget was recently increased to £178 billion over 10 years.
These sites will form the first tranche of the MOD’s plan to reduce by 30 per cent the size of its built estate. MOD’s estate spans one per cent of all UK land and covers 452,000 hectares. As part of that plan, the Ministry has committed to generating £1 billion through land sales during this parliament and contributing up to 55,000 homes.
The 12 sites are:
Kneller Hall in Twickenham
Claro and Deverell barracks in Ripon
RAF sites Molesworth and Alconbury in Cambridgeshire, and Mildenhall in Suffolk.
Lodge Hill in Kent
Craigiehall in Edinburgh
HMS Nelson Wardroom in Portsmouth
Hullavington Airfield in Wiltshire
RAF Barnham in Suffolk
MOD Feltham in London
The MOD will announce further sites in due course, with a full list published in the Footprint Strategy later in 2016.