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Community centres release

We are inviting applications from community organisations to take a five year lease of the African Caribbean Centre on Maidstone Road.

African Caribbean Centre lease opportunity

There are existing groups providing a rental income stream by using the building and providing services and activities to the local community. It is anticipated that proposals for the future include for their continued use, where possible, and also encourage increased use of the facilities by local residents with particular focus on serving the needs of the African and Caribbean heritage community and strengthening the ongoing connection of the African and Caribbean Community with the building.

We will arrange for independent support to aid interested community organisations find out more about occupying city council property under the Community Asset Transfer policy.

Centre details

The African Caribbean Centre is located on Maidstone Street within the Highfields residential area. The centre was built in 1970 as a working men's social club and with a small car park to the north of the building which provides approximately nine car parking spaces including two disabled spaces. The building, which was converted for use in 1981, comprises a basement, ground and first floors, all of which are in use by the public (please see building floor layout plans below).

In 2011 the property underwent a £400,000 refurbishment concentrated on the entrance area, reception, lift, cafe and toilets.

  • Total gross internal area is approximately: 1,471m2
  • Total site area: 0.186 acre/0.075 hectare/900 sq. yds/753 sqm

Existing use

Use Class F2 of the Use Classes Order 1987 (as amended) – community use.

Rateable value

The rates payable for 2022-2023: £12,475 pa (subject to discretionary relief by application to the NNDR team).

Rent 

A minimum rent offer of £1 (peppercorn rent) per annum will be required for the business case to be assessed.

Terms

We will grant terms substantially based on the Authorities standard Asset Transfer lease (as included in the information pack) for a term of 5 years (contracted out of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954) and applicant’s should therefore be aware that there will be no rights for a renewal of the lease and it is anticipated that the Council will seek possession back at the end of the five year term. The lease will reflect the applicant’s business case for delivery of community services on the site identified edged red on the attached plan.

Deadline for business case submissions

The deadline for business case submissions is 18 September 2022, which will be assessed against the criteria below. You can find plans, lease template and condition survey below.

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Contacts

For property viewings:

Further information: