Military Bases: Chelsfield

Defence written question – answered on 14th November 2011.

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Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon Deputy Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) (a) how and (b) by whom the value of Chelsfield Ammunition Depot was determined;

(2) whether claw-back provisions were put in place in respect of the sale of Chelsfield Ammunition Depot to safeguard the public interest in the event of any change of planning use;

(3) for what reasons (a) the sale of Chelsfield Ammunition Depot was not advertised locally, (b) no notice of the sale was posted at Chelsfield Ammunition Depot and (c) neighbouring residents were not informed of the sale of Chelsfield Ammunition Depot.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The value of Chelsfield Ammunition Depot was determined on the open market via bids submitted on an informal tender basis. No clawback conditions were imposed on the sale.

Chelsfield was marketed and advertised in accordance with normal procedures through GVA Grimley, the Ministry of Defence's commercial disposal agents. Anyone who had previously expressed an interest in the site was contacted directly by the Department.

It is not normal practice to notify neighbouring residents individually of any sale.

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