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Royal Military School of Music among two MoD sites in west London to be sold off for housing

Kneller Hall in Whitton and the Feltham base are among 12 sites to get axed from the MoD's estate

The Feltham MOD base is one of dozen to be sold to be turned into housing

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced plans to sell two of its west London sites.

One of the sites is Kneller Hall in Whitton , home to the Royal Military School of Music, which the MoD denied it had plans to dispose off just a few days ago after Twickenham MP Vince Cable claimed a whistle blower told him the government planned to offload the mansion.

The other site is the Feltham MoD base on Elmwood Avenue, which in the past has been used for high-profile events such as in 2012 when it was turned into a temporary camp for Olympic security staff.

Both sites, along with 10 others dotted around the country, will be sold off to pave the way for thousands of new homes in support of the government’s ambitious plans to build 160,000 homes by 2020.

Defence minister Mark Lancaster said in total 12 MOD sites will be sold, as part of the department’s ‘drive for greater efficiency’, generating £500m which will be ploughed back into defence.

Kneller Hall, in Whitton (Pic: Jonathan Cardy)(Image: Jonathan Cardy)

Mr Lancaster added: “By streamlining the Defence estate, we will ensure that it better meets the needs of the Armed Forces well into the future.

“Defence has the strongest incentive to become more efficient; with every pound we make by disposing of excess land reinvested into a defence budget that keeps Britain safe.

“We are also making an important contribution of 55,000 homes to the wider government housing targets.

“Every acre that we can free up will ensure that more people have the opportunity to own their own home.”

In line with the announcement in the summer, all MOD savings will be reinvested into a defence budget that will rise every year of this parliament, providing armed forces the equipment they need to keep Britain safe.

These sites make up the first part of the MoD’s plans to cut its estate by 30%.

That estate is currently 1% of all UK land, covering 452,000 hectares.

The Ministry has also committed to generating £1 billion through land sales during this parliament and contributing up to 55,000 homes.

The MoD will announce further sites in due course.

The 12 MoD sites to be sold off

Kneller Hall in Whitton

Claro and Deverell barracks in Ripon

RAF sites Molesworth and Alconbury in Cambridgeshire

RAF site Mildenhall in Suffolk

Lodge Hill in Kent

Craigiehall in Edinburgh

HMS Nelson Wardroom in Portsmouth

Hullavington Airfield in Wiltshire

RAF Barnham in Suffolk

MOD Feltham in London

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