Talks held on future housing developments in Catterick Garrison

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is looking at where further housing can be built – and who will build it – in Catterick Garrison.

Talks about future housing schemes in the town have been held recently with the government’s housing agency Homes England and potential developers.

The talks, described as a “soft marketing engagement exercise” by officials, were run by MoD consultants Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL).

Speaking after the sessions in Catterick, JLL’s director of land and development, Catherine Raynsford, said: “At this stage the process for the procurement of a partner for Catterick is still to be determined.

“The purpose of the market engagement exercise was to take market soundings and to use these to inform proposals for how to deliver the housing needed, alongside MoD and Richmondshire District Council’s wider objectives for Catterick.

“MoD is now reflecting on feedback received and will consult further with Homes England to help determine the right way to deliver the early development opportunities, and its wider vision for Catterick.”

Jon Wooden, Defence Infrastructure Organisation’s lead for accommodation optimisation, said: “We are currently working with JLL and various stakeholder organisations to develop national and local housing and accommodation strategies to determine how we best meet our future accommodation needs and identify what further MoD land we might offer up in the future for market housing.

“This work will also consider opportunities for prospective partners to help with the development and delivery of our plans but we have made no decisions and we are not in discussions on an agreement with any property developer at this time.”

The MoD aims to increase the number of soldiers and units based in the Garrison over the next decade.

It says it is working closely with North Yorkshire County Council, Richmondshire District Council, the Local Enterprise Partnership and other statutory bodies and key stakeholders as it develops its plans.