Mark Lancaster MP announces plans to sell off Ministry of Defence sites

Defence Minister Mark Lancaster and MP for MK North
Defence Minister Mark Lancaster and MP for MK North

Twelve Ministry of Defence sites will be sold off to provide land for around 15,000 new homes, defence minister Mark Lancaster has announced.

The MK North MP this week said the move will generate £50million to be spent on armed forces.

Mr Lancaster said: “By streamlining the Defence estate, we will ensure that 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 that more people have the opportunity to own their own home.”

MOD’s estate spans one per cent of all UK land and covers 452,000 hectares.

This year the Ministry committed to generating £1billion through land sales during this parliament and contributing up to 55,000 homes.

It follows a pledge to build 160,000 by 2020.

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.