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RAF Lyneham

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of decontamination at a vacated RAF Lyneham were the site to be sold for (a) commercial development, (b) agricultural purposes and (c) continuing military use. (307119)

It is the Department’s policy to undertake a Land Quality Assessment (LQA) in advance of disposal of any site. Until an LQA to support disposal has been completed, it is not possible to give an estimate of costs relating to land contamination. We currently anticipate that an initial LQA of the site will be undertaken in financial year 2010-11.

If no further defence or wider government use can be found for RAF Lyneham, the site will be handed over to Defence Estates late 2012 for disposal on the open market or to former owners. However, it is too early to speculate at this stage what alternative non-military uses of the site might be.