Lease available on buildings at Willsbridge Mill

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A LEASE on buildings at a popular beauty spot in South Gloucestershire are on offer.

For the past 30 years, the mill, barn and land immediately surrounding Willsbridge Mill have been leased from South Gloucestershire Council by Avon Wildlife Trust (AWT).

The lease is due to end on October 5 and while AWT will continue to maintain the surrounding valley as a wildlife habitat, the lease on the buildings is up for grabs.

The council is now seeking expressions of interest to lease the premises.

There is a legal covenant on the site which requires the premises to be retained for community use and as such any ideas put forward must be sustainable and have the potential to generate a long term regular income with any profits being used to enhance the premises.

Expressions of interest must be submitted no later than Friday, March 21 and should include applicant details, background and experience, proposals for the site and buildings and outline details of how this will be financed.

Contact Chris Cowcher, community engagement officer, for an expression of interest form by emailing christopher.cowcher@southglos.gov.uk or call 01454 865057. Alternatively, you can visit www.southglos.gov.uk/willsbridge and download a form.

After the closing date the council will assess all the submissions and applicants with suitable projects will then be asked to submit a full business plan by the end of May. The successful applicant will then be notified in June with a view to taking on the lease in October.

To view the premises prior to submitting an expression of interest contact Chris Cox, valuation team leader, on 01454 865087 or email chris.cox@southglos.gov.uk

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