Midland Lodge, Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands
Size: 1,144 Sq Ft (106.28 Sq M)
Price to rent: On Application
A 99-year lease (peppercorn rent) is offered with an obligation to restore the property within 3 years.
Lease is restricted to community use only (not-for-profit organisations).
Access to the property lies within the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) boundary for the park.
A two-storey former residential Lodge constructed of traditional brick. Property benefits from its own secure front, rear, side gardens as well as a side garage. Internally on the ground floor the property benefits from two reception rooms, kitchen and underneath stair storage cupboard which gives access to a cellar. On the first floor there are three bedrooms, a box room and a bathroom.
The property is only suitable for not-for-profit organisations and charities offering services to the local community. In addition, the Tenant will also have to be an organisation that does not have the principal purpose of making a profit from community-based schemes. Full details can be provided upon application.
The property requires substantial modernisation and therefore the successful applicant will be required to show sufficient funds to refurbish the property - subject to a schedule of proposed works/repairs plus costs which will be agreed during drafting of the lease and to complete these works within a reasonable timeframe from date of occupation (3 years). In addition, the successful applicant will be expected to obtain or submit any necessary planning permissions (if required) along with any designs which are firstly to be approved by The Council before consent is granted.
Applicants will need to submit a business case detailing the proposals for the property, timeframes and costs, initial designs for improvements/refurbishment and details of the benefits their proposals will bring not only to the park itself, but also the local/wider community.
Bids will therefore be considered on the basis of deliverability i.e. plans for the building and timeframe for improvements, and the social benefaction offered i.e. the building's proposed usage and the social benefits the bid will bring to the park and local community.
Plans for the Lodge will require a future use that does not negatively affect the park as a statutory asset. It should be noted that The Council will NOT entertain bids for residential use of this property; neither will office use be considered. There is support, politically and locally, for bids that provide community benefit with regard to inclusive use. All bidders will be expected and required to demonstrate how they meet this brief.
Viewings are by appointment. For further information or to arrange a viewing, please contact the Lettings Team via email email@example.com
Details of documents required on submission of Expression of Interest. Forms to be attached:
1. 5 years financial records
2. 5 year Business Plan
3. Safeguarding Policy
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST SHOULD BE SUBMITTED VIA EMAIL TO firstname.lastname@example.org
OFFERS WILL NOT BE ASSESSED UNTIL AFTER THE CLOSING DATE HAS EXPIRED.
Expressions of Interest are to be received NO LATER THAN MIDDAY THURSDAY 2ND NOVEMBER 2023. Expressions of Interest will be assessed by a panel and shortlisted bidders will be invited for an interview, (anticipated in January 2024).