Oxon Barracks Among MOD Sites Shutting

8 November 2016, 06:26

Another 56 Ministry of Defence sites are to close around the UK, including St David's Barracks in Bicester.

The Defence Secretary says other sites which'll shut over the next ten years are Vauxhall Barracks in Didcot and Dalton Barracks including Abingdon Airfield.

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 said: ``This strategy looks ahead to 2040 to provide a better defence estate.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) estate currently covers nearly 2% of the UK's land area.

It is hoped selling the sites could save #140 million of running costs over the next decade.

Air transport will be based at Brize Norton as part of the changes.