Corporate report

Better defence estate strategy

This strategy sets out plans to achieve a more efficient, modern and capability focused defence estate.



The better defence estate strategy aims to support military capability by providing a smaller but better estate for the armed forces and their families out to 2040 and beyond.

It is a detailed, long term plan to reduce the defence built estate by 30% and provides a framework for the geographical lay down of our forces in the UK for at least a generation.

The strategy has been developed in partnership with military leaders and sets out where investment will be concentrated and where sites will be sold to deliver a significantly smaller estate which is more efficient and better enables military capability.

Published 7 November 2016
Last updated 9 December 2016 + show all updates
  1. Added updated version and removed addendum information.
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