Decision details

Disposal of land, Hye House Farm, Crowhurst

Decision Maker: Lead Member for Resources and Climate Change

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Hye House Farm is currently occupied by way of a farm tenancy which is due to expire in September 2023. We are seeking Lead Member approval to formally declare the site to be surplus, and to approve the appointment of an appropriate marketing agent to seek to dispose of the land which will be in separate lots to maximise value. We then ask that the Chief Operating Officer be granted authority to agree detailed terms with the preferred purchaser and if they don’t complete the purchase, to move the next prospective purchaser(s) if appropriate.


14.1     The Lead Member considered a report by the Chief Operating Officer.




14.2     The Lead Member RESOLVED to:


1) declare Hye House Farm, Crowhurst (“the site”) to be surplus to the requirements of the Council;


2) approve the disposal of Hye House Farm, Crowhurst (“the site”) in accordance with s.123 of the Local Government Act 1972;


3) delegate authority to Chief Operating Officer to take all actions necessary to secure the disposal of the site at best value in accordance with s.123 of the Local Government Act 1972, and to agree the terms of the disposal and other documentation required; and


4) delegate authority to the Chief Operating Officer to proceed with the next best offer(s) in the event of the sale.




14.3     The Council has no ongoing operational use for the site. It is therefore surplus to the Council’s requirements. The disposal of the site will reduce revenue liabilities relating to the management and holding costs of this surplus asset.

Report author: Rebecca Lewis

Publication date: 27/06/2023

Date of decision: 27/06/2023

Decided at meeting: 27/06/2023 - Lead Member for Resources and Climate Change

Effective from: 04/07/2023

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