The City Council owns a number of disused farm buildings in Stanmer Park including the Grade II listed barn shown on the left above. Home Farmhouse, also listed, is on the right. The Council is now considering their redevelopment and have engaged property agents Smiths Gore to market the properties nationally.
The council’s cabinet member for finance and resources, Councillor Jason Kitcat, said:-
“This is a wonderful opportunity to rejuvenate Stanmer Park by providing a range of services and facilities to attract visitors, improve their enjoyment of the park and provide a high quality gateway to the South Downs. But we are also very clear that any refurbishment or restoration proposals have to be self-financing as well as financially sustainable. We will look at whether commercial or residential accommodation could be used to support financially other non-income generating uses. And we also intend to talk to the South Downs National Park about whether they might want to use part of the site as an area office. We need to see what interest there is in the market place, while at the same time finding out how local people would like to see these buildings used.”
The council is holding a public exhibition at Stanmer Park from September 9-11 to start getting the views of local people on redevelopment.
Council staff will be on hand at the exhibition in Stanmer Park’s tractor shed off the village street to answer questions and get people’s views. The exhibition boards will then move to Hove Town Hall until September 16.
It is hoped to establish an outline business plan for the buildings in the new year.
From a Council press release.
See also: Stanmer House Stables.