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MoD to sell off 91 sites for housing

Words: Laura Edgar

Defence secretary Michael Fallon has announced that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is going to sell off nearly a tenth of its defence sites by 2040 in an attempt to meet its target to provide land for 55,000 homes.

More than 32,500 acres of defence land is being released, including 10 surplus airfields and five golf courses, which, according to the MoD, will also contribute to the government's target of delivering 160,000 homes by 2020.

In September, The Planner reported that more than 1,200 hectares of surplus public sector land was to be released across the UK. The land was expected to provide up 17,000 homes.

The release of land forms part of the Better Defence Estate, a review of MoD land headed up by military leaders aimed at enabling a “more efficient, modern and capability-focused defence estate”.

Money raised from the sales of sites will be reinvested back into defence, the MoD said.

The Better Defence Estate details which sites will be sold off, including:

  • Abercorn Barracks, Ballykinler in County Down, Northern Ireland

  • Kinnegar Logistics Base, Holywood, in County Down Northern Ireland

  • MoD Caledonia in Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Forthside Stirling at Leuchars Barracks, Scotland

  • Brecon Barracks, Wales

  • Buckley Barracks at Hullavington Airfield, England

In the review, Fallon says: “Our plan builds on announcements made earlier this year by announcing a further 56 sites for disposal by 2040. Overall it will release 91 of the most expensive sites. The strategy also describes our re-provision plans. By getting rid of sites we no longer need, we will make an important contribution to our target to release land for 55,000 homes as part of the wider government housing policy.”

A Better Defence Estate and a full list of the sites to be sold off can be found here (pdf).

Image credit | Chatham House