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Ministry of Defence: Property Transfer

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 6th February 2020.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt Chair, Health and Social Care Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much and what proportion of his Department's built estate has been released to the public sector for development; what the reduction to the size of that estate has been as a result of the release; and how many properties have been built on land previously owned by his Department in each of the last three years.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Since 2015, the Ministry of Defence's built estate has reduced in size by 1.3% and is currently 73,900 hectares.

The Ministry of Defence releases land for a mix of housing, economic growth and job creation uses. Since 2010, the Department has released land with a Housing Unit Potential of up to 8,321 houses.

The Department holds no information on the number of properties built on land sold for development as this would be a matter for the new owner of the land and local planning authorities.

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