Decision details

The Priory and Former Library, Church Hill, Orpington

Decision Maker: Portfolio Holder for Resources, Commissioning and Contracts

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


That the Priory and former library, Church Hill, Orpington, be offered for sale on a long lease.

Reasons for the decision:

The Council’s aims include being an authority which manages its assets well, and Section 123 of the Local Government Act requires local authorities to secure the best consideration reasonably obtainable when they dispose of property. The Priory and former library building has been assessed to see whether alternative Council uses can be found – services considered included the Registrars’ Service and Electoral Registration. However, extensive internal modifications and an extension would be required, there would be considerable annual running costs and the accommodation is not as suitable as that already provided at the Civic Centre. Therefore, the feasibility studies undertaken show that it is not worthwhile for the Council to commit to the expenditure required and the property should be advertised for sale on the open market. 

Publication date: 23/10/2015

Date of decision: 23/10/2015

Effective from: 31/10/2015

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