Purchasing or leasing land owned by the council

The majority of land owned by the Council is open space. If there is an area of open space adjoining your property that you would like to purchase and think may be surplus to the requirements of the Council please apply in writing by emailing southandvaleestatesteam@arcadis.com

Please include a sketch of the area you wish to purchase together with approximate dimensions and an explanation of what the land will be used for. We will then write back to you to confirm whether the land is owned by the Council. If you wish to proceed with the purchase of the land it will then be necessary for the team to check there are no objections to the sale. Please note that purchasing land from the Council can be a long and costly procedure and you would be responsible for a number of costs, including the following:

  • Officer time looking into the request including time spent consulting with other teams
  • The costs of carrying out the valuation, which is usually in the region of £500
  • The purchase price of the land. 
  • The council’s legal costs, usually in the region of £500
  • Your own legal costs
  • The cost of obtaining planning permission for a change of use from open space. This is £335.

If planning permission is granted it would be necessary to advertise the sale of Council-owned open space in accordance with s123 (2)(a) and (b) of the Local Government Act 1972. You would be responsible for the costs of these advertisements which are likely to be in the region of £700 (please note that this fee is set by the local newspaper and is therefore variable).

Please note: these costs will not be refundable if the sale should not proceed for any reason and that all fees quoted above are used as a guide only and are subject to review and may vary depending on the nature of the transaction and the amount of officer time taken.

Commercial property

We own a number of commercial properties as part of our investment portfolio, which are let to tenants. Any current lettings will be advertised our lettings page Vale of White Horse District Council This link will take you to an external website... .

Last reviewed: 01 - 08 - 2016

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