Issue details

20/00019 - Dartford Youth Centre



Kent County Council (KCC) has a long ground lease interest in a site known at Dartford Youth Centre (DYC). The land is located in the Temple Hill area of Dartford. The land upon which DYC is built; is owned by Dartford Borough Council (DBC) who is landlord to the County Council.


The centre requires complete refurbishment to bring it into reasonable repair. Most of the property has been occupied by a private gym operator who wishes to take a long lease of the entire property. The present operator wishes to take a long lease to enable it raise funds for refurbishment.



Decision type: Key

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

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Division affected: Dartford North East;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 24/02/2020

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - View reasons

Decision due: Not before 29th Jun 2020 by Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate and Traded Services
Reason: In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements

Lead member: Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate and Traded Services

Lead director: Rebecca Spore

Department: Strategic & Corporate Services

Contact: Richard Tapply (03000 418833).


Cabinet Committee Members were engaged informally via email in advance of this proposed decision being published and all comments received were duly considered by the Cabinet Member.


Financial implications: Peppercorn rent per annum throughout the term of the sublease. Each party to bear their own legal costs. In return for a peppercorn rent, the gym provider will be required to put the building and grounds into a good state of repair within an agreed timeframe.

Legal implications: KCC will obtain all necessary consents from the LL.

Equalities implications: The proposed sublease will provide an opportunity for the club to invest in the building; providing an enhanced community facility; which in turn will help to improve the health and well being for the community.


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