Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines performing for Prince Philip at Stonehouse Barracks in Plymouth
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Stonehouse Barracks: Future Of Royal Marines' 'Spiritual Home' Still Undecided

The Plymouth barracks is due to close by 2027.

Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines performing for Prince Philip at Stonehouse Barracks in Plymouth

Stonehouse Barracks dates back several centuries (Library image: MOD).

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is still undecided on where Royal Marines will be moved to when Stonehouse Barracks in Plymouth closes its doors.

The barracks, known by some as the 'spiritual home' of the Royal Marines, is home to 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines and 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group.

However, it is set to be closed in 2027.

In a letter to Plymouth Sutton and Devonport MP Luke Pollard, defence minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan confirmed the work assessing future basing arrangements is still "ongoing".

Mr Pollard told Forces News that with just eight years left until the barracks close, ministers need to "speed up the decision-making process".

Stonehouse Barracks is the oldest purpose-built barracks in the country still in use but has been dogged in recent years with issues with its heating and water systems.

After it was decided the Barracks would continue to be used until 2027, Mr Pollard wrote to the Defence Secretary to ask for assurances that Royal Marines from 3 Commando Brigade will have hot water for showers and heating throughout that time.

"Our Royal Marines deserve better than cold water for showers in their home base," he wrote.

"I am concerned that they do not have the financial resources that are required to upgrade and maintain these systems."

In response, Defence and Procurement Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said the hot water issues were due to "a planned piece of maintenance carried out annually".

She also said the MOD will continue to provide all services to those personnel living and working at Stonehouse "unconditionally".

An MOD spokesperson told Forces News: "In February this year we announced that Stonehouse Barracks will close in 2027.

"All decisions are made following careful consideration of relevant factors including what will best support military capability and offer better value for money for the taxpayer."

An update on future basing arrangements is expected in the coming months.