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MoD identifies 91 surplus sites to sell for new housing

Published: Thursday, 10th November 2016

Defence secretary announces that more than 13,152-hectares of excess defence land are to be released to support the MOD’s target to provide enough land for 55,000 homes…

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon this week announced that more than 13,152-hectares of excess defence land is to be released, including ten surplus airfields and five golf courses, to support the MOD’s target to provide enough land for 55,000 homes.

The initiative represents the most significant changes to defence land since the Second World War, with some 91 sites owned or managed by the MOD set to be sold.

This move forms part of the government’s overall commitment to providing sites for 160,000 new homes on former public land holdings by 2020.

Meanwhile in a related but separate development the Commons Public Accounts Committee has published a further critical report on the government’s progress with the disposal of public land for new homes.

The report said the administration had made a "slow start" towards its promise to release enough of its surplus land to build 160,000 new homes by 2020.

The Committee pointed out that many of the sites earmarked were still in use, and warned that a "significant acceleration" in the latter years of the current Parliament would be required to hit the target.

Committee chairman Meg Hillier MP said: “While we welcome measures taken by the Department for Communities and Local Government, there is still much work to be done if it’s to deliver on its promise to taxpayers by the end of this Parliament.

“Sluggish sales have hindered progress towards the 2020 target while questions continue to hang over the potential of many sights earmarked for sale and whether homes will be in the places people want to live.

The report highlighted that the Department for Communities and Local Government needed to firm up the detail of its monitoring and reporting processes.

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Roger Milne