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LONDON-Deysbrook Barracks in West Derby, once Liverpool’s largest army barracks, has been sold to housebuilder Morris Homes. The developer paid £17 million ($27 million) for the 33-acresite and plans a new urban community.

Outline planning permission has already been granted for 400 new homes supported by a 27,000-sf foodstore; retail units; a health/leisure centre and office space. Construction will commence later this year.

Deysbrook Barracks, which closed in October 2000 was once home to the army’s bomb disposal squad and was also used by the Territorial Army and historically the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Chris Prescott of King Sturge, who advised the MOD’s Defence Estates said: ” Sites of this size and quality, particularly with planning permission for mixed use development, don’t come to the market that often, especially in Liverpool. The strong market interest and significant levels of offers received have reflected this.”

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