MOD sells land for hous­ing

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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

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