A NUMBER of Council-owned properties, including a 28-bed care home and grazing land, will go under the hammer in an online auction next week.

The listings come as Bradford Council faces having to find tens of millions of pounds in order to balance its budget.

The online auction by Pugh Auctioneers will be held on Tuesday, and if all the Bradford Council properties listed sell for their guide price it would bring in £700,000 for the cash strapped Council

The Council owned properties going under the hammer are:

  • Woodward Court on Kirklees Road in Allerton, a former short stay care home, was closed after the Council deemed it to be “no longer fit for purpose.”

It is being replaced by a new care home in Saltaire.

The building, and its car park, has a guide price of £325,000.

The listing says: “The property features 28 bedrooms, plus communal areas, and benefits from a private car park on-site.

“This property may be suitable for change of use or redevelopment, subject to any necessary consents.”

  • 184 Highfield Road, Idle – a 1.1 acre plot of grazing land that has a guide price of £165,000.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: 184 Highfield Road184 Highfield Road (Image: Pugh)

The site also includes a stable building and detached house.

The listing describes the house on the site as "in a derelict state of disrepair and affected by subsidence."

It adds: “The property has been subject to a grazing licence, the tenant of which has been served notice and as such the property is sold with vacant possession.”

  • The Willows, a former assisted living facility on Hall Road that is described as “suitable for redevelopment or change of use.”

The building has a guide price of £160,000.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The Willows on Hall RoadThe Willows on Hall Road (Image: Pugh)

  • 22 Reginald Street, a terraced property that is described as being “in an extensive state of disrepair.”

The property has a guide price of £50,000.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: 22 Reginald Street22 Reginald Street (Image: Pugh)

  • The Thornton Cemetery Lodge, a former gatehouse to the cemetery, was originally listed to go under the hammer at the same auction – but that listing has been postponed.

Although Bradford Council is drawing up a list of properties and land to sell to try and raise £10m to help balance its budget, the Local Democracy Reporting Service understands the buildings going to auction next week are ones that were already earmarked for disposal.

Other West Yorkshire properties going to auction on Tuesday include the Leeds Council owned former Cross Gates Library building on Farm Road (£295,000) and former Leeds Council Woodsley Green Office in Woodhouse (£100,000).