To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential economic and social effect on the local community and local businesses of the proposed closure of Invicta Park Barracks; and what plans he has for a formal consultation on that proposed closure.
8 February 2017
"A Better Defence Estate" is a military-led review.
The decision to dispose of Invicta Park Barracks in 2027 was taken in consultation with Front Line Commands and the Chief of Defence People to optimise Defence infrastructure to support the delivery of military capability.
Advance notice was provided to enable Local Authorities to develop their plans to maximise opportunities from moves into or out of their areas. The Ministry of Defence has already held initial discussions with both Kent County Council and Maidstone Borough Council to inform them of our plans and will work with them to ensure the best possible outcome for the local community when the barracks close.