Sec­ond chance to buy his­toric barn at auc­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Under The Hammer -

His­toric Rep­ton Manor Barn is go­ing up for auc­tion for the sec­ond time – af­ter fail­ing to meet its re­serve price when it went ini­tially went un­der the auc­tion­eer’s ham­mer back in the sum­mer. The Grade II listed build­ing on Ash­ford’s Rep­ton Park es­tate was among lots in a Clive Em­son auc­tion held in July, with a guide price of nearly £500,000. A spokesman for the auc­tion­eers said at the time: “There was plenty of in­ter­est but it didn’t meet the re­serve.” So now it’s up for auc­tion again. The site had a guide price of £450,000 to £460,000 at the first auc­tion but the free­hold guide price for the 0.69 acre site will be £350,000 to £360,000 at the sec­ond at­tempt to sell it later this month. Plan­ning per­mis­sion has al­ready been se­cured to trans­form the empty and di­lap­i­dated barn, in Sir Bernard Paget Av­enue on the Rep­ton Park es­tate, into a mix of shops and food out­lets. Pro­pos­als for the de­vel­op­ment in­clude a 407 sq me­tre res­tau­rant and bar, an 84 sq me­tre cof­fee shop and 314 sq me­tres of re­tail and of­fice space, split into eight units. The scheme also in­cludes plans for a court­yard, land­scap­ing and park­ing spa­ces. The barn, which has been empty for many years, is on the for­mer Tem­pler and Rowcroft Bar­racks site, most of which has al­ready been de­vel­oped. Rep­ton Manor, to the west of the barn, has been con­verted into of­fices while the Waitrose su­per­mar­ket is to the east and houses have been re­cently built to the north and south. The ap­pli­ca­tion to re­de­velop the site, which was once used by the Min­istry of De­fence, for com­mer­cial use was sub­mit­ted to Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil ear­lier this year by BTL De­vel­op­ments, based in Great Chart, which pur­chased the site from Shep­herd Neame early this year. Full plan­ning per­mis­sion was then granted in June. The plan sees no change to the scale of the ex­ist­ing build­ing and re­pairs will be car­ried out us­ing match­ing ma­te­ri­als where pos­si­ble. Mal­colm Gomez, from BTL, said ear­lier this year: “BTL De­vel­op­ments were keen to en­sure that the his­tor­i­cal and ar­chi­tec­tural merit of the build­ings was to be re­tained and en­hanced while at the same time de­vis­ing a scheme for the site that would serve the com­mu­nity and en­hance the ap­pear­ance of the site. “The site has sat derelict and re­dun­dant for a num­ber of years and so the op­por­tu­nity for the site to be brought ‘back to life’ is some­thing that the lo­cal res­i­dents and com­mu­nity, it would seem, are keen to see hap­pen.” The Clive Em­son auc­tion starts at 11am on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 16 at the Kent County Show­ground in Detling Hill, Maid­stone.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www. cliveem­son.co.uk

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The pro­posed new

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