Kirklees Council's asset sale to raise cash

MORE land and property looks set to be sold off by Kirklees Council to boost its coffers.

Site of former Stile Common Infants & Nursery School, Plane Street

MORE land and property looks set to be sold off by Kirklees Council to boost its coffers.

Councillors have backed a plan to continue to dispose of surplus land and properties, after already bringing in more than £2.4m in the past two years.

They have agreed to release more properties on to the market with sales expected to take place in the new year.

The proposals for the asset sales are now expected to go before the Cabinet in the next few weeks.

The latest list includes the site of the former Stile Common Infant School in Plane Street, Newsome.

It was demolished last year after the opening of the new Hillside Primary School in Newsome, which amalgamated the former infant school with Stile Common Junior School.

Council officers have said the site offers the potential for residential development.

It is likely to be sold at auction next March along with several other sites.

They include Park Lane barn, in Berry Brow, which again could be converted to residential use, and a former garage site in Town End, Almondbury.

Other properties likely to go for auction next year include land in Alder Street, Hillhouse, and in Healey Lane, Batley.

In the past, the council has agreed to auction off unwanted assets including the former council officers in Honley, the former council depot in Overthorpe, Thornhill, and former housing offices in Market Street, Milnsbridge, and Market Street, Heckmondwike.

The sales of former assets brought in £852,000 through auctions in 2011/12 and £1.64m so far this year.

In a report to Cabinet members, a council spokesman said: “The council owns a wide variety of properties and a considerable amount of land throughout the area.

“Such holdings are normally sold if they are non-operational and surplus to requirements.

“They are generally sold on the open market but occasionally they can be sold by negotiation to meet an identified regeneration, social or community need, for example social housing, health centres, redevelopment proposals and to adjoining owners.

“As a general principle, and to support the council in the discharge of its planning function, sales are not normally completed until planning permission is obtained if required.”

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