New military homes to be built at Wiltshire barracks

Defence Secretary Liam Fox
Image caption Dr Liam Fox made the announcement at the Conservative conference earlier

Some 260 new military homes are to be built at Bulford in Wiltshire, the Secretary of State for Defence has announced.

Speaking at the Conservative conference, Dr Liam Fox said the properties would replace 125 family units at a cost of £46m.

The first 60 will be ready for occupation by August next year.

The homes are being built for soldiers from 1st Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said the scheme, known as the Canadian Estate project, is expected to be completed by December 2012.

The regiment, known as the Vikings, is currently based at Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Pirbright, Surrey.

It will move to a new £110m barracks at Bulford in 2011.

Andrew Robathan, minister for defence personnel, welfare and veterans, said: "Having seen the old accommodation at this site - which is virtually uninhabitable - I was determined to push this project through despite the current financial pressures.

"We owe our service personnel and their families the best possible support, and that includes providing them with good quality accommodation that is fit for the 21st century."

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