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Full extent of MoD cuts revealed

08 November 2016

Following its announcement on the £1.1bn investment in its Aldershot estate, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has outlined its plans to sell an additional 56 sites.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the latest sites to be sold, following the 35 closures previously announced, would allow the UK's military to deliver a more up to date proposition.

He said the strategy looks toward 2040 "to provide a better defence estate".

This will include the consolidation of bases to create specialised hubs for the various forces, said Mr Fallon.

The sale will see sites closed in Plymouth, Taunton, Chivenor, London and the Highlands.

A number of Royal Marines facilities will also be sold, according to the Daily Telegraph, or existing leases will be rescinded.

A total of £3bn are expected to be saved following the closure of the sites, although savings over the next decade will only amount to £140m.

With the majority of sites expected to go within the next 15 years, the exercise would also allow the MoD to provide land for 55,000 new homes and meet its target for the current Parliament.

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