The government aims to sell £350 million of Armed Forces land to housebuilders by 2014/15, it said in today’s Budget.
Chancellor George Osborne said the coalition would prioritise planning decisions on land owned by the Ministry of Defence.
He said this and other measures in the Budget would allow 20,000 homes to be built on current MoD land by 2015.
Mr Osborne said: “To accelerate the release of public sector land to support homes and jobs, the government will work with local authorities to expedite planning decisions for surplus military land and other public sites suitable for housing, also testing ‘build now, pay later’ techniques to quicken delivery.
“Together with the new presumption in favour of sustainable development, these proposals will potentially allow the MoD to realise up to £350m of estate disposals and enable delivery of up to 20,000 new homes by 2014-15.”