Decision details

Former Hindsland Playing Fields, Eastbourne Road, Polegate - Disposal of Freehold

Decision Maker: Lead Member for Resources and Climate Change

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The land known as Former Hindsland Playing Fields was declared surplus in 1989. At the end of an appropriate marketing period, Officer recommendations for the preferred purchaser will be presented in a Lead Member report to formally declare the site to be surplus, approve the sale and to ask 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.


23.1     The Lead Member considered a report by the Chief Operating Officer together with exempt information contained in a later agenda item, written comments from Local Member Councillor Daniel Shing and written comments from Councillor Stephen Shing.




23.2     The Lead Member RESOLVED to:


1) re-declare the Former Hindsland Playing Fields, Polegate (“the Site”) shown in Appendix 1 of the report  to be surplus to the requirements of the Council;


2) approve the disposal of the Site in accordance with s123 of the Local Government Act 1972;


3) delegate authority to the Chief Operating Officer to agree the terms of the sale to achieve best value for the Site in accordance with s.123 of the Local Government Act 1972, including but not limited to, (i) determining whether to sell the Site as a single plot or two separate plots (being Parcel A and Parcel B) and (ii) proceeding with the next best offer(s) in the event of the sale(s) not completing within the expected timelines; and


4) delegate authority to the Chief Operating Officer to take all actions necessary to give effect to the recommendations in the report.




23.3     The disposal of this site will result in a capital receipt. Capital receipts are an important source of funding, and the Council seeks to maximise the levels of these resources which will be available to support the Council’s capital plans and reduce the need to borrow in accordance with the Council’s Capital Strategy.

Report author: Rebecca Lewis

Publication date: 11/07/2023

Date of decision: 11/07/2023

Decided at meeting: 11/07/2023 - Lead Member for Resources and Climate Change

Effective from: 18/07/2023

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