The UK Government has announced plans to invest more than £4bn to support the country’s Armed Forces and their families through selling sites owned by the military.
The ‘Better Defence Estate’ strategy comes after a review of Ministry of Defence (MoD) land headed up by military leaders to deliver a capability-focused defence estate.
Since the Second World War, 91 sites owned or managed by the MoD on the defence land are set to be sold and the amount is planned to be reinvested back into defence.
UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon 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.”
The new changes are expected to save the taxpayer money of around £140m by the end of the decade and will reduce the number of personnel being regularly moved between different bases.
As part of the plan, sites and bases would be moved to locations that offer better opportunities for military families.
The latest announcement follows Fallon’s pledge last week to invest more than £1.1bn in facilities on Salisbury Plain, in a bid to support troops returning from Germany.
More than £5bn in total has been set aside for defence infrastructure.
Under the new plan, the government will release more than 32,500 acres of excess defence land, including ten surplus airfields and five golf courses.
These will help the MoD achieve its target to provide enough land for 55,000 homes.
Image: As part of the new plan, sites and bases would be moved to locations that offer better opportunities for military families. Photo: © Crown copyright.