GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS: EMPTY PROPERTY

12th October 2017

Sir Nicholas Soames: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many buildings owned by government departments are empty in (a) West Sussex and (b) Mid Sussex constituency; which those buildings are; to which departments those buildings belong; and what plans he has for the future use of those buildings.

Caroline Nokes, Parliamentary Secretary, Minister for Government Resilience and Efficiency: The Government Property Unit is responsible for minimising vacancy by supporting departments to sell, sublet, find alternative use, and to do early surrenders. Interventions such as these have contributed significantly to minimising the vacancy rates and cost to the taxpayer.

As shown in the State of the Estate Report 2015-16 published in February 2017, total vacant space represents 1.4% of the entire Central Estate, a drop of 2% from 2014–15. This is well below the average in the private sector of 8.9%.

No buildings appear on the unit’s electronic property system as vacant in the Mid-Sussex area. The buildings listed below are currently listed for disposal in the West Sussex region. There are no other records marked as surplus, or offering vacant space in West Sussex, or the Mid-Sussex constituency:

Property Name

Address

Department

CHICHESTER COMBINED COURT
 

SOUTHGATE, CHICHESTER, WEST SUSSEX, PO19 1SX

Ministry of Justice

 

CHICHESTER MAGISTRATES COURT
 

MARKET AVENUE, CHICHESTER, WEST SUSSEX, PO19 1YE

Ministry of Justice

 


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