Most of us have walked past the guarded gates of Stonehouse Barracks – but very few have taken a look inside.
The historic multi-million pound barracks is currently home to Plymouth’s world-renowned 3 Commando Brigade, as well as a collection of its units including 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group.
Stonehouse Barracks comprises of 454 single accommodation units and two properties for service families, as well as training facilities.
Back in September 2016, the MoD revealed it intended to sell off the 15-acre site, with the scheduled date of 2023.
It was revealed in March 2019 that Stonehouse Barracks would stay operational until 2027, as part of leaked Government information that also threw plans for a promised Royal Marines superbase in Plymouth into doubt.
Previously the site has been described as “unfit for purpose”. In fact, a previous Tory MP for the area, Oliver Colvile, even revealed that Royal Marines were having to shower in cold water, such was the state of the barracks.
Work started on the barracks in the 1770s after the Admiralty made the decision to provide a purpose-built base for the Royal Marines.
It was completed in 1785, and ever since it has been known as the “heart and soul” of the marines.
So, we want to know what you think about the barracks’ future.
Should it be refurbished and continue to be a permanent home for Plymouth’s marines, or do you think the site would benefit from something else?
Do you think the government should spend more money on defence in the city?
Whatever your thoughts, we’d love to hear from you. Just fill out the form below to let us know what you think.
Keep an eye on Plymouth Live over the coming weeks, when we will reveal the results of the survey.