Aylesbury Ex-Services Club building fate decided

The Club ceased training in 2019, amid reports of financial difficulties.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 11:16 am
Updated Monday, 15th March 2021, 11:18 am
Soon to be flats

And the fate of the old site has finally been decided.

The club which was popular during the time it was open, will now be turned into 14 apartments.

The planning approval, which was granted in December will include "The removal of parking spaces, soft landscaping and external alterations which include 'new dormer windows'".

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Rumoured to have been run at a loss over the last twelve years, a debt recovery business was employed to tie up trading of the company.

The Chandley Garvey marketing report in the planning documents says: "Clearly the building was far too large for their function and their business had been limping along since 2007 when we believe it first opened in that location.

"The commercial viability of such a business outside of the main town centre of Aylesbury is clearly limited."

However they also wrote that the site had 'lots of interest'.

The report says: "We had a great deal of interest in the property, mainly from local individuals looking to set up community centre events, local church groups, Islamic centres, dance studios, children’s nurseries etc. and the clients then asked us to go for best offers, which we did and several were received.

"None of the offers we received were of a level that reflected the commercial value of the property, and therefore we could not recommend to our client that they accept them."

The property was then taken on by Thomdell Developments Limited, who completed on the purchase 28th October 2019 at a purchase price that was acceptable to the receiver.

Following were discussions with the Council, who expressed that they would like to keep it as "A social club or similar business".

There was initially interest from a dance and drama club, a local church and a local housing association.

However they didn't want the whole of the property, and no deals went ahead.

There was no interest after February 2020.