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Warneford Meadow Friends consider purchase

Friends of Warneford Meadow Friends of Warneford Meadow Photo: © Friends of Warneford Meadow

1 July 2012

Following the Department of Health's decision to sell Warneford Meadow, its agents Savills have invited local and community groups to submit expressions of interest in purchasing the property. The Friends of Warneford Meadows (FoWM) have registered such an interest.

Following the Department of Health's decision to sell Warneford Meadow, its agents Savills have invited local and community groups to submit expressions of interest in purchasing the property.

The Friends of Warneford Meadows (FoWM) have registered such an interest. This means open marketing of the property will be delayed until no earlier than Monday 10th December 2012, whilst negotations take place with the Friends and any other groups who come forward.

The Department of Health’s solicitors, in negotiation with FoWM, have drawn up a licence for FoWM to carry out maintenance work on the Meadow and Orchard in future. The hope is that the Department will make this licence a condition of the sale, whoever purchases the land.

Meanwhile, FoWM has begun the process of turning itself into a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.

The next stage for FoWM will be to consider what would be a reasonable sum to bid for the property and how that sum might be raised. Obviously, the outcome of the sale process will be greatly influenced by factors such as who else might be interested in purchasing the property and for what purposes – and, of course, the amount they are prepared to offer. As far as FoWM’s possible bid is concerned, much will depend on the level of support from the community, especially from those who so strongly backed the successful campaign to have the Meadow registered as a town green.

The right outcome would ensure the meadow is secured for the community for ever. CPRE Oxfordshire will be supporting FoWM in whatever way we can and wishes them good luck in this next exciting stage.

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