Issue details

19/00022 - Ground Lease at Meopham Academy, Wrotham Road, Meopham for the new Meopham Library

The Cabinet Member will be asked to:


a)    agree that Kent County Council take a lease in excess of 20 years of part of land at Meopham School from Swale Academy Trust; and


b)    authorise the Director of Infrastructure to finalise lease terms and complete the transaction. 



Background information:


A new library was built in Meopham in the summer 2017 by the Education Funding Agency in order that a new school could be built on the former library site. It was open to the public in December 2017. The proposed decision formalises and completes the outstanding lease matter.


Proposed decision:



Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure or savings of more than £1m;

Decision status: For Determination

Division affected: Gravesham Rural;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 26/02/2019

Decision due: Not before 27th Mar 2019 by Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services
Reason: In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services

Lead director: Rebecca Spore

Department: Strategic & Corporate Services

Contact: Andrew White, Estates Surveyor Tel: 03000 416825 Email:


The proposed decision will be discussed at the Policy and Resources Cabinet Committee on 8 March 2019.

Financial implications: A rent of £1 (one pound ) per annum, if demanded. Each party to bear its own costs upon completion of the new lease.

Legal implications: In order to protect KCC’s long term property interest KCC needs to enter into the long lease.

Equalities implications: The new Library provides better disabled access and facilities compared to the former Library.

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