MOD sells land for housing
THE Ministry of Defence (MOD) plans to sell 13 sites across England, freeing up enough land to build more than 17,000 homes. The sites include Grade Iilisted Stonehouse Barracks in Plymouth, Southwick Park in Fareham, Hampshire, and two former airfields in Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.
Part of an ongoing strategy to reduce the Mod’s estate—work is already under way on converting a former MOD site to 204 Classical properties in Bath (Town & Country, August 31)—the sale is expected to generate £225 million, of which ‘every penny’ will be reinvested in defence, according to Defence Secretary Michael Fallon.
Minister Mark Lancaster adds that he expects more than 12,000 properties to be built within the current Parliament, contributing towards the Government’s target to provide land for 160,000 new homes by 2020. Network Rail has also identified 200 sites across the country as development opportunities to create 12,000 homes by 2020. Carla Passino