UK MoD, Homes England unveil plans for 1,300 new homes in North Yorkshire

WCN Editorial Team 15 Jul 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Homes England, the national housing and regeneration agency for England, have announced plans for the development of 1,300 new homes in Ripon, North Yorkshire.

Homes England is planning to work in partnership with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) for the development of new homes and commercial space on Claro and Deverell Barracks in Ripon.

The development is the first to be progressed since the formation of the partnership between Homes England and the DIO in February 2019.

The plan calls for the construction of up to 1,300 new homes and commercial space on the Ripon site over the next few years.

Homes England said that it is planning a series of community engagement events later in 2019 following an initial event with stakeholders, including Ripon City Council and Harrogate Borough Council, for the discussion on the site’s future vision.

Homes England public sector land head Marie Kiddell said: “We are working hard to define our masterplan for Ripon Barracks and are keen to work with the community to ensure we are addressing the needs of the local area.

“Following the community engagement events, we will be working with DIO towards submission of a planning application later this year.”

Homes England and the MoD are planning to submit the plans for the new housing scheme to the council later in 2019.

DIO estates head Catherine Davies said: “The MOD has an ongoing commitment to invest in a more fit for purpose Defence estate that will better support the Armed Forces’ future needs, this brings an exciting opportunity to deliver benefits to the local community on the Ripon Barracks site once it becomes surplus.

“DIO is pleased to be working with Homes England on this project to develop a range of quality homes and supporting infrastructure on these sites to contribute to the needs of the local area.”

UK Housing Minister of State Kit Malthouse said: “We’re pulling every lever to deliver homes where they’re needed across the country, including transforming the site of the old Ripon barracks into more than 1,000 new homes for the people of North Yorkshire.”

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Image: DIO principal estate surveyor James Ryley, Homes England public sector land head Marie Kiddell, and Harrogate Borough Council economy and culture director Trevor Watson. Photo: courtesy of Crown copyright.

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