A special meeting of Bromley Council is looking to rubber stamp selling the Old Town Hall and South Street car park.
The meeting suggests “that this report be considered as a matter of urgency as the potential purchaser requires urgent completion”.
The building is on Historic England’s at risk register despite being Grade II listed.
In March 2017 the council agreed to terminate a “development agreement” for the sale of the site. They then looked into other uses for the site.
Cushman and Wakefield were brought in to offer a strategy as to how the Old Town Hall site could be utilised.
They have concluded that use of the Old Town Hall for either a democratic hub or to house staff was not finally worthwhile “due to the costs of refurbishment and the inflexibility of the space within the building, especially as the building was Grade 2 Listed”.
According to Bromley Council:
1) It is noted that the Old Town Hall Complex and South Street Car Park freeholds cannot be utilised for the Council’s own purposes and therefore to agree that both sites should be marketed for disposal on the open market on an unconditional basis.
(2) It is noted that annual revenue savings of £110k will result if the Old Town Hall and car park are sold.
(3) It is noted that a new option for the Development Strategy of the Civic Centre has been identified which will require further appraisal which is estimated to cost between £40-45k and that once the cost has been clarified (within the aforementioned range) that the Resources Portfolio Holder be authorised to approve this work.