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Bassingbourn to re-open - but MOD says other military sites will close

Bassingbourn Barracks in Cambridgeshire is to re-open. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

An army barracks in Cambridgeshire is to get a new lease of life as a military site as part of a far-reaching shake-up of MOD estates.

But other bases in the Anglia region - including Robertson Barracks in Swanton Morley in Norfolk and Carver Barracks in Saffron Walden - will close as the government drastically reduces the number of sites it owns.

A review by the Defence Secretary has found the Ministry of Defence estate is too big and too costly to run in its current state.

"This strategy looks ahead to 2040 to provide a better defence estate.

"An estate that supports a more efficient and effective military capability; an estate that gives our armed forces a world class base from which to work, and an estate that helps defence keep Britain safe and to promote our prosperity."

– Michael Fallon, Defence Secretary.
Swanton Morley was the home of the Light Dragoons for 15 years. They moved out to make way for the Welsh Cavalry in 2015. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Swanton Morley, the former home of the Light Dragoons, is due to close in 2031 along with Carver Barracks.

Rock Barracks in Woodbridge, Suffolk, will go before that - in 2027.

The government's Better Defence Strategy also confirms RAF Mildenhall will not be kept by the MOD after the US Airforce leaves in 2022.

The closures of Molesworth, Alconbury and Barnham were also confirmed.

Bassingbourn Barracks in Cambridgeshire was most recently used as a training base for cadets from Libya. The decision came under fire after some of the cadets were found guilty of sexual assaults in nearby Cambridge,