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The Plymouth LPA will work with partners to support and actively promote the safeguarding and strengthening of Her Majesty's Naval Base (HMNB) Devonport and the Dockyard as a major component of the UK's strategic defence capability, as well as the consolidation of Plymouth as a base for Royal Marines and Royal Artillery, including at HMNB Devonport and HMS Raleigh. It will seek to optimise the benefits that it brings to the wider regional economy through supply chain development and knowledge transfer in order to help diversify the economy. Government commitment to support the future of HMNB Devonport and Dockyard over the lifetime of this plan will continue to be sought, to ensure the base porting of Type 26 frigates as replacements to the city's base porting of Type 23 frigates, and to seek long term commitments about the strategic role of Devonport as one of the UK's three Naval Bases.
Where Ministry of Defence land is surplus to the strategic defence requirement, priority will be sought for uses which help to deliver the plan's economic growth objectives and meet neighbourhood needs for new community spaces and facilities in accordance with a planned and coordinated programme of land release. Any proposals for land release will be carefully considered for the possible impacts they could have on the special designations in the Plan Area.
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