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

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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Monday, 10th December, 2012 3:18pm

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JamesP

It would make a good school…

No.5

Or maybe a new HQ for the IoW Council

mosey

That would be nice. I could walk to work.

JamesP

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…

Cynic

“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?

Paula

I must have been seeing things when I saw plans for 15 houses on the planning website, then, several months ago?

JamesP

You were, Paula. A nice man from the IW Ministry of Truth will soon be round to wipe your computer and re-educate you…

Hermit

http://www.gullyhoward.com/pdfs/203213.pdf Here we go, 24 houses, on a flyer that I’m sure went through doors in the nearby area

Simon Perry

Many thanks. Have embedded in the main story now.

mosey

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.

DH

A video taping from a recent council meeting.

Allegedly… ;-)

jimmy smith

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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