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1,300 homes for Ripon

Words: Laura Edgar
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Homes England and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) have announced that land at Claro and Deverell Barracks in Ripon, Yorkshire, will be developed to provide 1,300 homes and commercial space.

The site is the first to be progressed as part of a partnership between Homes England and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) to develop surplus MoD land across the country.

An event has been held with various stakeholders, including Ripon City Council and Harrogate Borough Council, to discuss plans for the future of the site. Homes England is planning a series of community engagement events this summer.

Marie Kiddell, head of public sector land at Homes England, said: “We are working hard to define our masterplan for Ripon Barracks and are keen to work with the community to ensure we are addressing the needs of the local area. Following the community engagement events, we will be working with DIO towards submission of a planning application later this year.”

Trevor Watson, director of economy and culture at Harrogate Borough Council, said: “As part of our local plan consultation and examination, we know both high-quality and affordable homes are required in the Ripon area. So, it’s encouraging to see the start of this project, between the different stakeholders, start to take shape.

“This development will be about much more than just houses though. It’s about creating job opportunities, provide the necessary infrastructure, and most importantly, communities that can thrive in the future. I look forward to Harrogate Borough Council working with Homes England and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation to explore how we can accelerate the delivery of much needed homes in the Ripon area.”

Catherine Davies, DIO head of estates, explained that the MoD has an ongoing commitment to invest in a more fit for purpose defence estate to better support the Armed Forces’ future needs. Davies called development an “exciting opportunity” to deliver benefits to the local community on the Ripon Barracks site once it becomes surplus.

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