Approval sought for sale of former Swanmore Middle school site (Updated)

Details of parties interested in the former school site in Ryde will remain secret say the council

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A delegated decision report has been released by the council calling on Cllr George Brown, cabinet member for Economy, to approve the sale of former Swanmore Middle School in Ryde.

The sale is part of the council’s disposal of capital receipts programme and is a result of the closure of all middle schools after the change from a three tier to two tier education system.

Cllr Brown is being recommended to approve option (a)

To sell the property to the party making the highest bid for the freehold interest, and who is in the strongest financial position to proceed, conditional on the Department for Education approval to dispose.

Details of the offers already made are being kept secret. The council say if “this was made publicly available it may prejudice the council’s position if any of the bidders chose to renegotiate their offer, as they would have knowledge of the other offers received”.


Details of potential sale
Update 18:54 Many thanks to Hermit who, in the comments, pointed to this Gully Howard marketing document of Swanmore, which claims “Site with a resolution to grant planning permission for 24 residential units” on the site.





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13 Comments

  1. JamesP's comment is rated +2 Vote +1 Vote -1

    10.Dec.2012 3:39pm

    It would make a good school…

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      10.Dec.2012 4:04pm

      Or maybe a new HQ for the IoW Council

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    • JamesP's comment is rated +2 Vote +1 Vote -1

      10.Dec.2012 5:29pm

      That was a reference to the government’s recent decision to make such redundant properties available for ‘Free Schools’, which seems like poetic justice after the council’s attempts to cash in on property released by the reorganisation.

      It may be that this deal predates that, although as it’s not approved yet…

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  2. cynic's comment is rated -1 Vote +1 Vote -1

    10.Dec.2012 4:25pm

    “The council say if “this was made publicly available it may prejudice the council’s position if any of the bidders chose to renegotiate their offer, as they would have knowledge of the other offers received”.

    So the Council is not seeking the best competitive price? Or would it be embarrassing when the eventual buyer’s name is revealed having bought at a price lower than other offers?

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  3. mosey's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

    10.Dec.2012 6:50pm

    How odd that IWC doesn’t appear to know where this school is. When I drove past it today it was still in Bettesworth Road.

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  4. DH's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

    10.Dec.2012 6:51pm

    A video taping from a recent council meeting.

    Allegedly… ;-)

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  5. jimmy smith's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

    12.Dec.2012 11:44am

    Delegated George is getting lots of new christmas presents and gifts at the moment – expect a give-away programme before the summer.

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  6. Hermit's comment not rated yet. Add your vote Vote +1 Vote -1

    10.Dec.2012 6:30pm

    Sorry, link didn’t appear, then it did, so it’s here a couple of times. My bad people!

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