The Defence Minister Mark Lancaster announced yesterday the release of 12 MOD sites for disposal and development, which will together provide land for 15,000 new homes. The release is to be the first tranche of the MOD’s plan to reduce the size of its built estate by 30% in order to contribute up to 55,000 new homes and raise £1 billion in land sales.
The Defence Minister announced that “every acre that we can free up will ensure that more people have the opportunity to own their own home”. In light of the Government’s drive to increase home ownership, we can expect Starter Homes to be on the agenda for these sites, and it will be interesting to see whether legislation will distinguish between the Starter Homes requirements for public land and those applicable more generally.
The 12 sites announced for release 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
Further sites are to be announced by the MOD, with a full list to be published in the Footprint Strategy later this year.