DIO announces sale of Former Erskine Barracks site

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has sold the site of the former Erskine Barracks in Salisbury to Redrow Homes.

The 34.4 acre site in Wilton was sold by formal tender to Redrow Homes, which plans to re-develop the land as part of a community partnership with OurEnterprise and the Wilton Community Land Trust.

DIO was represented by commercial property adviser GVA, which advised on the sale of the land.

The site has already been granted outline planning permission for the creation of dwellings and employment accommodation.

Erskine Barracks was occupied by the MOD up until 2011 when it was decided that it was surplus to requirements.

Martin Lloyd, DIO’s Head of Disposals – South, said:

“We are extremely pleased at the sale of this Brownfield site to Redrow Homes and welcome the fact that they are working with the Community Interest Group to bring housing and employment to the local area.

“The MOD keeps the size and location of its assets under constant review. The sale of Erskine Barracks is a good example of how by working with industry partners we can ensure land that is surplus to military requirements is put to good use while providing value for money for the taxpayer.”

John Tutte, Redrow's Group Managing Director said:

"We are delighted to have acquired the Erskine Barracks site from DIO and we look forward to working with our local partners, OurEnterprise and the Wilton Community Land Trust, to deliver a development that will provide much-needed sustainable new homes, accommodation for veterans, and permanent jobs for the local economy".

Matthew Bell, CEO of OurEnterprise said:

“OurEnterprise is delighted to be working alongside the Wilton community to deliver genuine community empowerment for the future development of the Erskine Barracks site”

Ken Taylor, Chair of Wilton Community Land Trust, said:

“We are delighted with this outcome which gives local people the opportunity to be able to influence development from the inside working collaboratively with developers”.

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Note for Editors

1.       Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) is part of the Ministry of Defence (MOD). It is responsible for managing and maintaining land and properties to meet the current and future needs of the MOD and personnel at home and abroad, and to support current operations.

2.       Our work includes providing, supporting and improving: operational units; single living and service family accommodation; training areas and historic military sites. DIO actively manages these to ensure the needs of Defence are met, value for money is achieved; our heritage is protected and we achieve our environmental goals.

3.       GVA is the UK’s largest independent commercial property consultant. Headquartered in London and with 12 offices and 700 fee earners across the UK, GVA offers the country’s largest and most diverse multidisciplinary property consultancy outside of the capital. The company is 80% consultancy-based. GVA generated a turnover of £117 million year ending 30 April 2012, up from £115 million on the previous year. For further information visit www.gva.co.uk

4.      GVA is also the owner of GVA Worldwide, an international network of independent property  advisors serving 25 countries, with nearly 5,000 real estate professionals throughout the US and Europe. For further detail visit www.gvaworldwide.com

5.       OurEnterprise Community Interest Company is the UK’s leading sponsor of social enterprise led regeneration partnerships involving property, infrastructure and collaborations among multiple social businesses to deliver change.

6.       Wilton Community Land Trust was the first locally led CLT in Wiltshire. It was formed in 2012 to empower the local community to create long-lasting social, economic and environmental improvements. The Wilton CLT is registered with the FSA as a society with charitable rules under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 and is a member of the National CLT Network.

Further information:

Press enquiries to Emma Sloper, Communications Officer 0121 311 2418

or email emma.sloper100@mod.uk

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