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A new future for Burchatts Barn

The Council is exploring options for the future of Burchatts Farm Barn. In a market-testing exercise, expressions of interest are being invited for leasing the Grade-II listed Georgian venue, on the edge of our award-winning Stoke Park.

Cllr Geoff Davis, Lead Councillor for Asset Management, explains: "We endeavour to balance the needs of the community with our aim to provide more efficient services. As part of this, we must ensure our assets provide good value for money. This is why it is important that we review how we operate places such as Burchatts Barn to make sure they are run in the best possible way for the future.

"Burchatts Barn has been used for event hire for private functions and has supported some major events on the park such as National Armed Forces Day. More recently, however, these bookings have reduced, affecting the economic viability of the building for the Council. So we are exploring and assessing the options for the future of the venue, and the market-testing is the first step."

Essential to the process will be ensuring the future of Burchatts Barn, and how it will continue to complement our largest and most popular green space, Stoke Park, which attracts over 750,000 visitors a year. This is part of the Council's long-term planning for the borough.

Cllr Richard Billington, Lead Councillor for Rural Economy, Countryside, Parks and Leisure, comments: "The future of Burchatts Barn must continue to enhance Stoke Park, an important and highly valued recreational facility and part of Guildford's landscape, for the benefit of local residents and visitors to the borough."

On behalf of the Council, Chartered Surveyors Owen Shipp are seeking expressions of interest for leasing the building for non-residential use. These will be evaluated to determine if there is another appropriate use complementing Stoke Park.

Published on Wednesday 15 March.