Trusted ex­perts save his­toric site

The Jewish Chronicle - - Classified -

THE RE­TAIL TRUST’S estate in Mill Hill has un­der­gone great changes in the past few years. The char­ity pro­vides sup­port, rented ac­com­mo­da­tion and care fa­cil­i­ties for re­tired re­tail em­ploy­ees. “When I joined Re­tail Trust, some seven years ago, my prime ob­jec­tive was to de­velop a prop­erty port­fo­lio that would pro­vide the re­sources for fu­ture ben­e­fi­cia­ries of our char­ity,” says Linda Davis, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the Trust.

Four years ago, the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion went in to Bar­net Coun­cil. The RT knew it had to over­come sev­eral fears about the fu­ture of the site. Part of the estate is grade II listed and all of it is within the Mill Hill Con­ser­va­tion Area.

What the RT wanted was to save the estate. It did this by ask­ing for an ex­ten­sion to its head­quar­ters build­ing, the grade II listed Mar­shall Hall, the build­ing of 16 ex­tra care flats and a new com­mu­nity cen­tre and the re­fur­bish­ment of 54 cot­tages.

The Trust put Bed­ford House up for sale, for of­fers in the re­gion of £8 mil­lion. This care home, which closed in 2004, is one 2.1-acre site and in­cludes a 72-bed nurs­ing home and a collection of 12 one-bed­room apart­ments.

It also put the Chalet Estate up for sale — a 13.5-acre site with 71 bun­ga­lows and 15 apart­ments, built be­tween 1929 and 1938.

Prop­erty spe­cial­ist Pre­ston Ben­nett, based in Stan­more, Middx, han­dled the pro­fes­sional work for the Re­tail Trust, ap­ply­ing for plan­ning and sell- ing both Mar­shall Hall and the Chalet estate.

The site was bought un­con­di­tion­ally by Coun­try­side Prop­er­ties and the sub­se­quent re­fur­bish­ment is now well un­der way. The new de­vel­op­ment, now called “Re”, pro­vides homes for over-55s. The bun­ga­lows are cur­rently sell­ing through Pre­ston Ben­nett New Homes, at prices from £355,000.

Linda Davis and Pre­ston Ben­nett’s Ron­ald Pre­ston, at the Re­tail Trust HQ

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