Decision details

Property Holdings: Chichester High School Sub-Lease Arrangement FP06 (22/23)

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Property

Decision status: Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


West Sussex County Council (WSCC) provides school accommodation for maintained schools across the county. 


The Fordwater School in Chichester (“the school”) caters for pupils aged 2 to 19 years with severe and complex learning difficulties.   The school is in urgent need of additional accommodation in Chichester.


The opportunity to lease a building in Chichester has arisen which can provide a temporary solution.   The former sixth form centre at Chichester High School, Kingsham Rd, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 8EB, is owned by WSCC but subject to a 125 year Academy Lease to The Kenmal Academies Trust and available for a sub-lease back to the County Council for a term of 10 years with a break clause after 7 years.  This sub-lease will require Department for Education consent.



The Cabinet Member for Finance and Property, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, has approved that;


(1)    the County Council enters into a conditional agreement for sub-lease and sub-lease arrangements for the former sixth form centre at Chichester High School, Kingsham Rd, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 8EB as set out in Appendix B Site Plan and subject to agreement and final terms, as set out in the report (Appendix A restricted for members only); and


(2)    authority is delegated to the Director of Property and Assets in conjunction with the Director of Law and Assurance to negotiate and conclude the terms of both agreements.


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Publication date: 02/08/2022

Date of decision: 02/08/2022

Date comes into force if not called in: 12/08/2022

Call-in deadline date: 11/08/2022

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