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Ashchurch Central Vehicle Depot, nr Tewkesbury to be sold


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The rumours have been around for a while but it was confirmed on Mon 25/3/2013 that its to be sold...


MINISTRY of Defence chiefs will sell off their Ashchurch base, it has been revealed.

More than 2,000 new homes could be built at the site after the Government confirmed the sale yesterday.


Armed Forces Minister Andrew Robathan announced the military would be withdrawing from the transportlb_icon1.png depot facilities, which is also home to the Army's bomb disposal team.

It is currently home to 625 civilians and 29 military staff. The MoD would not confirm numbers of redundancies, nor a timescale for the base to close.


Mr Robathan said the base was coming to the end of its life, and would need extensive refurbishment to stay in use.

The number of vehicleslb_icon1.png it houses had also been reduced due to military cutbacks.

However, the minister indicated a small number of buildings could be kept if this made economic sense.

The site has space for up to 2,100 properties.

In a ministerial statement, Mr Robathan said: "The MoD Ashchurch site is currently the central MoD hub for vehicleicon1.png operations.

"However, the Ashchurch Depot facilities are coming to the end of their life span and parts of the site are no longer used.

"The facilities would need extensive renewal to continue effective operation, while the vehicle numbers that the site supports are reducing as a result of the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

"The MoD is reviewing a number of vehicle basing options and has identified opportunities for greater efficiency from relocating facilities, rather than investing in the infrastructureicon1.png at the site. Consequently, MoD will be withdrawing from the site entirely unless retention of a small number of specific buildings proves better value for money.

"This site has the potential capacity for up to 2,100 new homes.

"A public consultation has been conducted so that wider views and opinions can be taken into account in any future development.

"Service and civilian personnel at the affected locations will be briefed; we will also engage with the trades unions where appropriate.

"This work will now be taken into detailed planning."


Source: http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/Ashchurch-military-base-sold-Ministry-Defence/story-18521166-detail/story.html#ixzz2Ofht4FVO

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