Dorset Council has instructed its
agents to begin marketing the vacant buildings and site of the old
East Dorset District Council (EDDC) offices in Furzehill, Wimborne.
Following Local Government Reorganisation in 2019, the unitary
authorities of Dorset Council and BCP Council were created to replace
the county’s former district and borough councils. As Furzehill was
declared surplus to requirements by EDDC, Dorset Council inherited the
empty office buildings.
Following Cabinet’s approval of the Council’s capital programme in
March 2023, Furzehill was identified as a priority to sell to generate
capital receipts. Capital receipts are money that councils can spend
on funding other capital expenditure – such as land, buildings, and
equipment – or for paying off debt. They generally cannot be used to
The Furzehill site consists of 2.73 hectares (6.76 acres) which was
allocated for residential development and other alternative uses in
the Christchurch and East Dorset Local Plan back in 2014.
Situated around 1.5 miles (2.4km) from Wimborne Minster Town Centre,
the surrounding area of Furzehill mostly comprises of private
residential dwellings and open countryside. The site includes several
buildings, including the main 19th century house known as Woodleaze, a
former 19th century stable building converted into office space, and
two semi-detached residential dwellings. There is garage/storage space
and several modular buildings previously used for office accommodation.
The east of the site contains Woodleaze Copse, an area of ancient
woodland. While it is not large enough to be considered on any Ancient
Woodland Register, it is not suitable for development, as confirmed in
the Local Plan Allocation. Vehicular access is provided from the main
Furzehill road via a long driveway to the east, and there is ample
The site is for sale via informal tender, seeking best consideration.
This is expected to be in the form of Subject to Planning bids, but
unconditional bids will also be considered.
Cllr Andrew Parry, Dorset Council’s Portfolio Holder for Assets and
“I am pleased we are finally able to market the Furzehill site. At a
time when council budgets are stretched, it is vitally important that
we explore all options for our property portfolio and sell what we do
not need, to get the best value for money for our residents.
“Coupled with the current demolition of the former Weymouth and
Portland Borough Council offices, renting our South Walks House
building in Dorchester to NHS colleagues, and continuing discussions
around other vacant buildings in Weymouth, Sherborne and Bridport, I
hope people can see that we’re working hard to dispose of these old
unused assets and help reduce further financial burden on Dorset’s Taxpayers.
“I look forward to seeing the tenders made for the Furzehill site
over the coming months. It is a fantastic opportunity, and I want to
thank officers in the Dorset Council Assets and Property team as well
as our colleagues at Avison Young for their hard work thus far.”