Peter Scarlett, Estate and Assets Service Manager

We are delighted

In Oct 2016, Dorset County Council’s Estates Department commenced the charitable letting of a closed school. The letting has no minimum term and can be terminated by us at anytime, giving us the flexibility we need to progress with our sale/letting/redevelopment plans. Compared to previously leaving the building empty, unused and deteriorating, the council is now making a net saving. We are also delighted to see that the charitable use has helped countless local initiatives & public sector services, directly and indirectly. For the council, this includes redistributing of the council’s own furniture, saved during downsizing, which would have been costly to transport, store and dispose of. The charity’s presence has also freed up the Estates Department’s manpower for the numerous inspections and visits taking place at the school in preparation for its redevelopment. At no further cost to the council, the site is also protected by a guardian, thereby reducing the risk of squatting, flytipping and other anti-social behaviour.
We are looking to extend our range of work and sites with ASTOP and TUAID and would encourage other Local Authorities and Housing Associations to make the most of their unused buildings and land in this way.

Peter Scarlett, Dorset County Council’s Estate and Assets Service Manager, Dorset Property