Decision details

Funding for access arrangements and planning application, Centenary House, Durrington and to settle ownership FP06 23-24

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Property (Cllr Jeremy Hunt)

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Decision FP07 22/23 declared Centenary House Durrington surplus to service operational requirements.


This surplus asset forms part of a freehold estate jointly held in trust by the County Council and Sussex Police.  This limits plans for potential disposal and/or development of the site. 


The report proposes the funding of an access road to provide Sussex Police with separate access, to support an agreement with Sussex Police to create separate ownership of two parts of the site and the commissioning of work to enable the land then owned outright by the County Council to proceed to planning.


The Cabinet Member for Finance and Property has:

1.   Endorsed that the County Council enters into an agreement with Sussex Police to split ownership of the Centenary House, Durrington site, 60% to West Sussex County Council and 40% to Sussex Police as shown in the plan at Appendix A;

2.   Agreed funding up to £0.89m for technical design and construction of a new access (£0.63m) and service diversions (£0.26m), that will enable the land split;

3.   Approved the commencement of procurement via the Highway Maintenance Services Contract and delegates authority to the Director of Place Services for the award of contract for delivery of the access and service diversion works (a further decision report will be published as appropriate); 

4.   Agreed to the County Council underwriting fees up to £0.64m for the cost of preparing and submitting an application to secure planning permission for the redevelopment of the Council land.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Publication date: 14/12/2023

Date of decision: 14/12/2023

Effective from: 28/12/2023

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