Bradford Council offices and land go under the hammer to raise funds (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford Council offices and land go under the hammer to raise funds
11:20am Saturday 15th February 2014 in News
Bradford Council is preparing to sell-off offices, gardens, garages and patches of land in a bid to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Some of the sites have already been snapped up ahead of an auction in Leeds this month.
Buildings for sale include the Bradford Youth Service base at 1 City Road, Bradford.
The two-storey building, with 4,770 sq ft of office space, has a guide price of £150,000. Once the building is sold, the Youth Service will move to the Council’s Future House office in West Bowling.
Another office building, at 215 Lumb Lane, Manningham, Bradford, has found a buyer already.
The 12,169 sq ft property on the corner of Lumb Lane and Carlisle Road, which was Manningham One-Stop Centre, was sold for £150,000. The services have been transferred to Manningham Library.
A third of an acre of land at Croft Street, East Bowling, Bradford, has also been sold ahead of the auction.
The land, near Bedford Street, is mainly landscaped with a fenced-off parking area, but was described as having potential for development.
Two plots at Lister Avenue, Bradford, are each being offered at the guide price of £10,000 to £20,000.
One is a third of an acre of land which is rented out as garden space, bringing in about £65 a year.
The second is a 0.45-acre plot containing allotment gardens and garages, which bring in a rental income of about £665 a year.
A small patch of land at Clough Street, West Bowling, Bradford, is up for sale at the guide price of £10,000.
The land already has outline planning permission for one house.
And another small patch of land is up for sale at Lyon Street, Queensbury, at the guide price of £5,000.
Part of it is let out as gardens, with the two garden plots bringing in a rental income of £75 a year.
The auction, by auctioneer Pugh and Co, will take place at Leeds United Football Club, Elland Road, Leeds, at noon on Tuesday, February 25.
Belinda Gaynor, Bradford Council’s operational estate manager said: “The sales are part of Bradford Council’s overall building strategy to consolidate staff in fewer offices to save money for council tax payers and reduce our carbon footprint.”