Friday 10 June 2011

Move to dispose of Patcham Place

The council-owned Patcham Place was one of two buildings shortlisted by the South Downs National Park for its headquarters but the new authority has now chosen Capron House in Midhurst. Midhurst is very close to the geographic centre of the Park. The city council does not have sufficient funds to refurbish the Grade II* listed building, and, following approval by the cabinet meeting on, 9th June, Patcham Place has been declared surplus to requirements. It is now to be marketed on a long lease as part of the council’s asset management process.

A planning brief has been prepared to ensure the building is renovated sensitively and the green spaces surrounding it will remain under council control for public use. Also included on the 1.7 acre site is a Grade II listed stable block, currently used as a parks depot and badly in need of some t.l.c.

The capital raised from the disposal will be re-invested in the council’s capital and value for money programmes, for the benefit of residents.

Council press release here.

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