Carver Barracks to close in 2031 as MOD announces drastic shake-up of its estate
PUBLISHED: 10:16 08 November 2016 | UPDATED: 10:16 08 November 2016
Carver Barracks in Wimbish is set to close in 2031 as the MOD announced plans yesterday (November 7) to drastically reduce the number of military sites it owns.
A government review into the MOD’s estate found it to be too large and too costly to run and the wide reaching plans will see 56 bases in the country close.
As well as the site at Wimbish, Robertson Barracks in Swanton Morley, Norfolk, is also due to close in 2031, with Rock Barracks in Woodbridge, Suffolk set to go in 2027.
RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk will also not kept on by the MOD after the US Airforce leaves in 2022.
The ‘Better Defence Estate’ strategy will see 91 of the MOD’s most expensive sites disposed of by 2040 - a move the government says will save the taxpayer £140million by the end of the decade.
The government argues the current estate, as well as being too costly, does not fit the need of a modern fighting force, and the land released will provide enough land for 55,000 homes.
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.
“By getting rid of sites we no longer need, we will make an important contribution to our target to release land for 55,000 homes as part of the wider government housing policy.
“In delivering this strategy we will seek to minimise any disruption to Armed Forces activities, as well as to service personnel, civilians, and their families.
“The result will be a defence estate that better supports our military capability, is better quality, and more efficient.”