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MOD releases more land for housing

MOD releases more land for housing

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is releasing more land for housing in the UK as it reorganises its estate, with former air bases and golf courses among the plots being made available for the construction sector to build on.

Defence secretary Michael Fallon revealed the moves would not only save money in providing facilities for military families, but would also enable 32,500 acres of land to be released, enough to construct 55,000 homes on.

He said: "We have been spending billions maintaining a defence estate that doesn’t meet the needs of our Armed Forces.

"This plan delivers an estate fit for our forces and their families. By putting money where it is needed, we will provide better facilities to train our Armed Forces and deliver more stability for military families."

It is the latest in a number of divestments by the MOD, with 91 properties being made available for development, as the ministry seeks to make progress towards its aim of getting 160,000 new homes built on its surplus land.

Mr Fallon has also detailed the locations of some of the 35 sites the MOD has previously earmarked for housebuilding.

Overall, the ministry holds an estate of 568,000 acres of land and foreshore, while it also has rights over an additional 547,573 acres. This combined figure equates to two per cent of UK land.

Previous announcements of land divestment included one in early September of 13 sites to be used for housing. This had included two golf courses at RAF bases among the 1,200 hectares on which up to 17,000 homes could be built. Mr Fallon called this "getting rid of land that we don’t need to build homes that we do".

The 91 plots of land in the latest announcement include five golf courses, along with ten disused airfields.

A number of airfields have become vacant following the end of the Cold War, where they used to host NATO forces stationed in the event of a nuclear conflict.

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