Following the Ministry of Defence confirmation that Hounslow Cavalry Barracks and Feltham’s Defence Geographic Centre are both to close, Hounslow Council has said it will try to see both redeveloped as new homes.
The MOD is closing the sites as part of a national programme of cuts resulting in the closure of 50 sites. It says they are too expensive to run.
The Hounslow barracks is the current base for the 1st Battalion The Irish Guards. It is set to be shut down in 2020, with relocation of the unit to Aldershot. Operations at the Defence Geographic Centre [DGC]at Feltham are set to close and services re-deployed to RAF Wyton, St Ives Cambridgeshire in 2023.
This site has already been designated as a key area in the Feltham Housing Zone. Hounslow Council says it will work closely with the MOD and the Greater London Authority on the potential release and future re-development of this site.
The council says it will also “look to see that the cavalry barracks, an important site in the borough, could bring about opportunities for new affordable housing, community use and the enhancement of the listed buildings already there”.
Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “We will work closely with the Ministry of Defence to see that we can make the best use of these sites when they are available, so we can look to meet the needs of key priorities we have in the borough such as housing.”