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56 Ministry of Defence sites are set to close across the UK.

Over a month ago

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon announced in the House of Commons that 56 Ministry of Defence sites are set to close across Britain, along with eight sites in Scotland and three apiece in Wales and Northern Ireland by 2040.

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Sir Michael Fallon said the estate is too big and costly to run, and releasing the land could enable the building of up to 55,000 new homes.

Announcing the closures in the Commons, Sir Michael Fallon said: "This strategy looks ahead to 2040 to provide a better defence estate.

"An estate that supports a more efficient and effective military capability, an estate that gives our armed forces a world class base from which to work, and an estate that helps defence keep Britain safe and to promote our prosperity."

Members of Parliament heard that surface ships would be based in Portsmouth and Devonport, with all the United Kingdom's submarines based on the Clyde.

There will be a specialist amphibious centre in the South West, based around Devonport, with helicopters based at Yeovilton and Culdrose.

Sir Michael Fallon added the army would have "specialised infantry" at Aldershot, mechanised wheel capability in Catterick, air assault forces in Colchester, armoured vehicle units around Salisbury Plain, medical services in the West Midlands and hubs of light infantry battalions in London, Edinburgh, Lisburn, St Athan, Blackpool and Cottesmore.

In the Royal Air Forces, combat units would remain in Coningsby, Marham and Lossiemouth, with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services remaining in Waddington. Air transport will be based at Brize Norton, force protection will be based at Honington, and support enablers would be based at Wittering and Leeming.

In Scotland, eight sites will be released over the next 15 years, Sir Michael said. He said investment in specialised centres would focus on Lossiemouth, Faslane and Leuchars, and Kinloss will be retained.

In Wales, the estate will be brought together into "capability clusters", Sir Michael said, with a specialist light infantry centre at St Athan.

In Northern Ireland, three sites will be released and the remaining operations will be centred on larger centres of population, he added

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) estate currently covers nearly 2% of the UK's land area. Sir Michael said: "The Ministry of Defence owns I think around a thousand sites in all – 300 very large sites – and I'm announcing today the disposal of 56 of those 300 large sites.

Sir Michael told MPs it costs £2.5 billion a year to maintain, and 40% of the MoD's built assets are more than 50 years old.

It is hoped selling the sites could save £140 million of running costs over the next decade. The latest announcement takes the number of sites due to be closed to 91. Among the other sites due to be sold are parts of Britain's largest Army garrison - Catterick in North Yorkshire - as well as Invicta Park Barracks in Maidstone and Imphal Barracks in York.

Read the full details from: ‘Ministry of Defence – A better Defence Estate’

The announced closures:

• Royal Marines Condor Airfield, near Arbroath, Scotland

• HMS Nelson Wardroom, Portsmouth

• Royal Marines Stonehouse, Plymouth

• The Royal Citadel, Plymouth

• HMS Sultan, Gosport

• Chivenor airfield and barracks, near Barnstaple, Devon

• Norton Manor Camp, Somerset

• Buckley Barracks, Wiltshire

• Chalgrove airfield, Chalgrove, Oxford

• Copthorne barracks, Shrewsbury

• Somerset barracks, near Cheriton Kent

• Abercorn barracks, Ballykinler in County Down, Northern Ireland

• Craigiehall, Cramond, Scotland

• Catterick town centre parcel, North Yorkshire

• Harden Barracks (Duchess of Kent Psychiatric Hospital), Catterick, North Yorkshire

• Burgoyne Barracks, Shepway, Kent

• Claro Barracks, Ripon, North Yorkshire

• Fitzwygram House (Royal Army Veterinary Corps Centre), Aldershot

• Commander and staff trainer (North), Catterick, North Yorkshire

• Cavalry barracks, Hounslow, London

• Kneller Hall, Whitton, London

• Parsons barracks, Donnington

• Prince William of Gloucester barracks, near Grantham Lincolnshire

• St George's barracks, North Luffenham, Rutland

• Venning barracks, Donnington, Telford, Shropshire

• Middlewick ranges, near Colchester

• Chilwell station, Nottingham

• Queen Elizabeth barracks, Strensall, North Yorkshire

• Sir John Moore barracks, Winchester

• Towthorpe Lines, Towthorpe, York

• Thornhill barracks, Aldershot

• Clive barracks, Ternhill, Shropshire

• Fulwood barracks, Preston, Lancashire

• Kinnegar logistic base, Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland

• Meadowforth barracks (HQ 51 Highland Brigade), Sterling, Scotland

• Redford cavalry barracks, Colinton, Edinburgh

• Redford infantry barracks, Colinton, Edinburgh

• Dale barracks, Upton near Chester

• Aldershot distribution outlet

• Cawdor barracks, Haverfordwest, Wales

• Leighton House (ASOB Westbury), Westbury, Wiltshire

• Southwick Park, Fareham

• Brecon barracks

• Beachley barracks, close to Chepstow, Wales

• Invicta Park barracks, Maidstone, Kent

• MOD Woodbridge (Rock barracks), Suffolk

• St David's barracks, Graven Hill, Bicester

• Vauxhall barracks, Didcot, Oxfordshire

• Woolwich station, London

• Buckley barracks (Hullavington barracks), Wiltshire

• Dalton barracks, including Abingdon airfield, Oxfordshire

• Azimghur barracks, Colerne, Wiltshire

• Carver barracks, Saffron Walden, Essex

• Dishforth barracks, North Yorkshire

• Imphal barracks, Fulford, York

• Robertson barracks, Norfolk

• Fort George, near Inverness, Scotland

• Glencorse barracks, Scotland

• Swansea airport, Fairwood Common, Swansea

• Moat House, Reading

• Newtonards airfield, County Down, Northern Ireland

• RAF Colerne airfield, Wiltshire

• RAF Henlow technical site and airfield, Bedfordshire

• 1300 Parkway, Bristol

• RAF Barnham, Norfolk

• RAF Mildenhall, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk

• RAF Halton airfield, Buckinghamshire

• RAF Molesworth, Old Weston, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

• RAF Alconbury, Alconbury, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

• Amport House, Andover, Hampshire

• Defence Geographic Centre, Feltham

• Ministry of Defence Police Wethershield/Wethershield airfield, Essex

• Defence Business Services finance, Liverpool

• DBS Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire

• DBS Tomlinson House, Norcross, Blackpool, Lancashire

• Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Aldershot

• Lodge Hill, Chattenden, Kent

• DIO Warrington

• DIO head office, Sutton Coldfield

• Deverell barracks, Ripon, North Yorkshire

• Fort Blockhouse, Gosport

• Athena House, Swindon

• MOD Caledonia, Dunfermline, Scotland

• Clayton barracks, Aldershot

• Sennybridge storage compound, Powys, Wales.