Decision details

Disposal of Kingsnorth Recreation Centre

Decision Maker: Deputy Chief Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

Disposal of single storey building constructed in approx 1997 with an extension built in 2000s with S106 developer contributions from Persimmon Homes. The Freehold now held by Ashford Borough council. The title contains a restrictive covenant which provides for community use in perpetuity. No other restrictions apply.
The site provides approx. 57 parking spaces. The original building currently vacant with the extension currently occupied under a Tenancy at Will by The Little Acorns pre-school nursery.

Decision:

As a result of the marketing campaign a formal offer was received from the World Mission Agency - Winners Chapel International (charity No. 1134421).
The decision is to accept the offer and dispose of Kingsnorth Recreation Centre. This allows the rationalisation of the Council's portfolio by disposing of this asset which is surplus to the Council's operational requirements. The sale secures a market value and achieves best consideration in line with the S123 statutory requirements, providing a capital receipt of £600,000 as well as retaining a community use.
Report contains confidential and commercially sensitive information. Agreed copy held within legal.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1 - Transfer the Freehold to Kingsnorth Parish Council for the local community. Not accepted.
Option 2 - ABC Manage the property and try to let the areas on an acceptable commercial basis as to not impact on the Ashford Borough Taxpayer.
Option 3 - A long lease - this has been advertised but no interest received.

Contact: Jo Fox, Assistant Director - Environment, Property and Recreation Email: jo.fox@ashford.gov.uk Email: joanne.fox@ashford.gov.uk.

Publication date: 08/05/2024

Date of decision: 14/12/2023