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Ministry of Defence to claim £500m through sale of 12 sites for housing

MoD Ministry of Defence armed forces army housing accommodation
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The Ministry of Defence has confirmed plans to sell 12 sites to provide land for around 15,000 homes

According to AJ sister-title Construction News, the government expects the sales to generate £500 million, which will be put back into defence budgets.

This represents the first sales in MoD’s plans to reduce its estate by 30 per cent and generate £1 billion in revenue during this parliament.

The MoD’s estate spans one per cent of all UK land and covers 452,000 ha.

Defence minister Mark Lancaster said: ’By streamlining the defence estate, we will ensure 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 more people have the opportunity to own their own home.’

The MoD will announce all its sites earmarked for sale later this year in its ‘footprint strategy’.

The 12 sites

  • Kneller Hall, Twickenham
  • Claro and Deverell barracks, Ripon
  • RAF sites Molesworth and Alconbury, Cambridgeshire, and Mildenhall, Suffolk
  • Lodge Hill, Kent
  • Craigiehall, Edinburgh
  • HMS Nelson Wardroom, Portsmouth
  • Hullavington Airfield, Wiltshire
  • RAF Barnham, Suffolk
  • MoD Feltham, London
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