As part of its accommodation strategy, Herefordshire Council is in the process of closing a number of office buildings and co-locating staff into fewer locations, including Plough Lane, Shirehall and Blueschool House.
This will not only reduce our costs and overheads, but will also allow for buildings and land which are surplus to our requirements to be used for additional purposes, such as the proposed new fire station on the current Bath Street location (a proposal which is currently subject to the planning approval process).
It is predicted that we will save in the region of £350,000 a year from the closure of Bath Street, Blackfriars and Brockington. However, this figure will not be fully realised until we have officially sold Bath Street and Brockington.
In terms of Brockington, the council is currently drafting development options with planners which will highlight the potential of the site to prospective buyers and developers. It is anticipated that the building will formally go on the market in October and all expressions of interest should be directed to Connells Estate Agents (Bristol office).
The council will maintain a security presence at all locations until they are sold.
Updated 29th August 2014 to emphasise that the proposal on the Bath Street site is subject to planning approval.