Property Disposals 2018/19

Reference code: 
PCD 336
Date signed: 
22 March 2018
Authorisation name: 
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Policing and Crime

Executive summary

This paper seeks approval for the disposal of and marketing for sale of a number of surplus sites in order to generate capital receipts to support the future capital investment programme and reduce running costs. In order to achieve its duty of best value the method of disposal for each property will be considered during the preparation for marketing.


The DMPC is asked to 
1.    Approve the proposal to market for sale six surplus sites;
2.    Note that 2 individual residential properties each with a market value of less than £1 million are to be sold by the MPS in line with the delegations contained within the MOPAC Scheme of Consent and Delegation;

Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)

1.    Introduction and background

1.1.    In accordance with MOPAC Scheme of Delegation and Consent the disposal of all properties with an estimated value of £1m or above require MOPAC approval on a case by case basis before the property is marketed.  Any proposed sales with a value under £1 million may be completed by way of delegated powers and reported retrospectively.  Should a disposal with a value below £1 million have any unusual features or be of special interest, then MOPAC will have the opportunity to approve the final sale.

2.    Issues for consideration

2.1.    There are 6 operational sites which are expected to become surplus during 2018/19 and for which authority is sought to market and dispose of.  The disposal of these sites supports the Police & Crime Plan by generating receipts to re-invest in the retained estate and so supporting the objective that “officers are given the tools to do their job”. In addition, the disposals reduce annual revenue costs, and avoid future investment commitments.

2.2.    Migration to alternative accommodation if not already complete will occur prior to completion of the sale of the properties.  Only Paddington Green Police Station has a public access function, and as previously approved [PCD 155] this front counter, and space for Dedicated Ward Officers, is already planned to be relocated to nearby Church Street. 

Site Borough
Paddington Green Police Station Westminster
Cray Police Office Bromley
Camberwell Police Station Southwark
Tooting Police Station Merton
Greenford Police Station Ealing
Lippitt's Hill Epping

2.3.    In order to achieve MOPAC’s obligation on best value, the alternative routes/approaches for disposal will be considered for each property during its preparation to market for sale.

2.4.    When bidding on the basis of residential redevelopment bidders will be asked to acknowledge that when making an offer they have had regard to relevant planning policies, including existing local authority policies on minimum affordable housing requirements, the Mayor's SPG on affordable housing and the draft London Plan. Parties will be encouraged to review the GLA funding available for the provision of affordable housing through the Mayor's 'Homes for Londoners: Affordable Homes Programme 2016-2021.’

2.5.    In addition, there are a further 2 sites each with a value below £1m which are surplus and are to be disposed of. 

3.    Financial Comments

3.1.    The sites noted above are expected to generate capital receipts as set out in Part 2 and which will contribute to the overall capital receipts target of £479m to help fund the capital programme. 

3.2.    The aggregated revenue costs in a full year of the maintenance and rates for the properties to be sold is £3.1m.

4.    Legal Comments

4.1.    There are no direct legal implications arising from the recommendations contained within this report, which seeks approval for the sale of surplus properties detailed above and in Part 2.

4.2.    MOPAC has the power to dispose of surplus properties (including land) under paragraph 7 (2) (b) of Schedule 3 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (“the Act”).

4.3.    The Commissioner may also do anything which is calculated to facilitate, or is conducive or incidental to acquiring and disposing of property (apart from land) but only with the consent of MOPAC under paragraph 4 (2) (b) of Schedule 4 of the Act.

4.4.    The report confirms that the disposals will generate capital receipts that will assist MOPAC in securing the maintenance of the MPS and ensure that it is efficient and effective.

5.  Equality Comments

5.1    There are considered to be no equality or diversity issues arising as a result of these proposed disposals.

6.    Background/supporting papers

Appendix 1 – MPS Report