Historical Brighton mansion set for new lease of life

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An 18th century mansion in a national park could be brought back to life as a business centre and community hub.

Grade II* listed Patcham Place in Preston Road, Brighton, has been empty since 2007 when the Youth Hostel Association’s lease expired.

Its owners Brighton and Hove City Council is about to sign off the lease to the site for 125 years to an unnamed firm.

The deal, for an unspecified sum believed to be about £1 million, will see the building used as offices. There will also be space to encourage smaller firms and rooms to rent to the community.

Finance cabinet member Jason Kitcat said: “I'm delighted we've been able to move forward quickly on dealing with this site.

“It’s vital to keep getting sites such as this into use while releasing much needed funds for the council.”

The building and its 1.7-acre site, which is in the South Downs National Park, was put on the market by the council in June.

Ideas for the landmark building, which has been valued at about £1.8 million, initially included luxury apartments and office space.

The local authority said it received 170 enquiries from sectors including residential, commercial, leisure, education, community and arts.

After showings in October, three bids were submitted and the local authority is set to agree the handing over of the site to its preferred bidder at a meeting on Thursday.

Town hall papers show the building will take between £1 million and £2 million to bring back into use.

The preferred bid will see the firm create office space for local jobs and the dilapidated building restored with renewable energy used where possible.

Conference and meeting space will be provided while an area will be put aside for small and medium enterprises, such as those in eco-tourism and digital media, to use the site on reduced rents.

Town hall papers added that the building would also be used for young people to attend arts events while workshop space would be set aside for apprentices and offenders to learn skills and trades.

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3:50pm Sun 15 Jan 12

Old Ale Man says...

If that pin head had taken the
£3-000000 on offer to freeze the local Council tax there would not be a need to sell of our heritage and now there,s a green Mayor coming into office (god help us) courtesy of the labour party, lets hope they don't put the chains and the mace up for sale!!
Rumour has it the Mayors Chauffer is learning how too ride tandem.
If that pin head had taken the £3-000000 on offer to freeze the local Council tax there would not be a need to sell of our heritage and now there,s a green Mayor coming into office (god help us) courtesy of the labour party, lets hope they don't put the chains and the mace up for sale!! Rumour has it the Mayors Chauffer is learning how too ride tandem. Old Ale Man
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4:25pm Sun 15 Jan 12

bug eye says...

they are selling the mayors cherished number plate too, what is the saying do not sell when the prices are low, whats the greens saying panic and flog things off cheap, and create some low grade boring office space.
they are selling the mayors cherished number plate too, what is the saying do not sell when the prices are low, whats the greens saying panic and flog things off cheap, and create some low grade boring office space. bug eye
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5:20pm Sun 15 Jan 12

sandalman says...

why do the firm that bought the 125 year lease prefer to remain unamed? what have they got to hide?.
why do the firm that bought the 125 year lease prefer to remain unamed? what have they got to hide?. sandalman
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7:13pm Sun 15 Jan 12

SicklySeagull says...

I am astonished to learn that Patcham Place is in the South Downs National Park, this must then include the A23,how much further south does the Park stretch?
I am astonished to learn that Patcham Place is in the South Downs National Park, this must then include the A23,how much further south does the Park stretch? SicklySeagull
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9:24pm Sun 15 Jan 12

Ilyich says...

Am shocked at miserableness of commenters - what would council need to do to please? In troubled times company is taking over lease of building, spending millions pounds restoring it, making jobs for local peoples and paying council million pound plus to do this. Is this not good news?
Am shocked at miserableness of commenters - what would council need to do to please? In troubled times company is taking over lease of building, spending millions pounds restoring it, making jobs for local peoples and paying council million pound plus to do this. Is this not good news? Ilyich
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7:52am Mon 16 Jan 12

Cabin fever says...

sandalman wrote:
why do the firm that bought the 125 year lease prefer to remain unamed? what have they got to hide?.
Possibly because they haven't bought it yet?
[quote][p][bold]sandalman[/bold] wrote: why do the firm that bought the 125 year lease prefer to remain unamed? what have they got to hide?.[/p][/quote]Possibly because they haven't bought it yet? Cabin fever
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9:46am Mon 16 Jan 12

fred clause says...

Ilyich wrote:
Am shocked at miserableness of commenters - what would council need to do to please? In troubled times company is taking over lease of building, spending millions pounds restoring it, making jobs for local peoples and paying council million pound plus to do this. Is this not good news?
Easy get out and stop ruining Brighton come the summer we will have the most expensive seafront parking in the country and were supposed to be a tourist destination they are bad news and antobe with any braincell can see it.
[quote][p][bold]Ilyich[/bold] wrote: Am shocked at miserableness of commenters - what would council need to do to please? In troubled times company is taking over lease of building, spending millions pounds restoring it, making jobs for local peoples and paying council million pound plus to do this. Is this not good news?[/p][/quote]Easy get out and stop ruining Brighton come the summer we will have the most expensive seafront parking in the country and were supposed to be a tourist destination they are bad news and antobe with any braincell can see it. fred clause
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10:17am Mon 16 Jan 12

Dirk Gently says...

I don't see how it's good news that a building of this vintage is getting converted into office space. It's the commercial equivalent of buying a town house and dividing it into pokey little 1-bed flats - it makes you money, but destroys the building's character and degrades the neighbourhood.
I don't see how it's good news that a building of this vintage is getting converted into office space. It's the commercial equivalent of buying a town house and dividing it into pokey little 1-bed flats - it makes you money, but destroys the building's character and degrades the neighbourhood. Dirk Gently
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11:17am Mon 16 Jan 12

AGT999 says...

I do have to laugh when I see all the Brighton and Hove residents moaning about the Greens, you voted them in, what did you think they would do when they got into power?
I do have to laugh when I see all the Brighton and Hove residents moaning about the Greens, you voted them in, what did you think they would do when they got into power? AGT999
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1:45pm Mon 16 Jan 12

RickH says...

bug eye wrote:
they are selling the mayors cherished number plate too, what is the saying do not sell when the prices are low, whats the greens saying panic and flog things off cheap, and create some low grade boring office space.
Erm...the plan to sell the mayor's nnumber plate was suggested quite some time ago and pre-dates the current administration; but don't let that prevent a good rant. I didn't vote Green.
[quote][p][bold]bug eye[/bold] wrote: they are selling the mayors cherished number plate too, what is the saying do not sell when the prices are low, whats the greens saying panic and flog things off cheap, and create some low grade boring office space.[/p][/quote]Erm...the plan to sell the mayor's nnumber plate was suggested quite some time ago and pre-dates the current administration; but don't let that prevent a good rant. I didn't vote Green. RickH
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1:33am Tue 17 Jan 12

NickBrt says...

What a waste turning that building into office space which will presumably house people who are working for a living and paying taxes. Much better to turn it into a travellers space, a protest HQ or somewhere to identify the merits of legalising drugs. Let's keep Brighton green.
What a waste turning that building into office space which will presumably house people who are working for a living and paying taxes. Much better to turn it into a travellers space, a protest HQ or somewhere to identify the merits of legalising drugs. Let's keep Brighton green. NickBrt
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10:20am Tue 17 Jan 12

spurs008 says...

'Historical' mansion? Try 'historic' ... Sounds overblown, admittedly, but at least it's not illiterate.
'Historical' mansion? Try 'historic' ... Sounds overblown, admittedly, but at least it's not illiterate. spurs008
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11:35am Tue 17 Jan 12

Joshiman says...

Havent a clue Greenies are rushing round with their arms over their heads thinking what have we got ourselves into.We are not really politicians.We believe in Martians and other space beings.Maybe the building would have been better used as a warehouse selling caravans/tents/teles
copes and dolls such as ET.
Havent a clue Greenies are rushing round with their arms over their heads thinking what have we got ourselves into.We are not really politicians.We believe in Martians and other space beings.Maybe the building would have been better used as a warehouse selling caravans/tents/teles copes and dolls such as ET. Joshiman
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