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Government property for sale or rent in Cornwall to go online

By WBNews  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

Magistrates' court ... or living room?

Magistrates' court ... or living room?

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Fancy living in a magistrates' court or buying a barracks?

A new website going live tomorrow (Friday) will for the first time provide the public with details of property being sold off or put up for rent by the Government.

Launched by Cabinet Office Minister Chloe Smith, Find Me Some Government Space will operate similarly to commercial property sites, allowing searches by postcode or area keyword at www.gov.uk/find-government-property.

It will initially feature more than 300 properties available to rent and 900 to buy across the UK, including Launceston Magistrates' Court and land and buildings at Truro, Camborne, Falmouth and across Cornwall.

Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform, Chloe Smith said: "We're making the civil service more efficient and cutting waste, as a result we will have a number of properties both owned and rented that we need to do more with.

"Not only will this website help to save government money but we will see new opportunities, jobs and growth in local economies as new life is brought into empty, unused properties."

Property will be displayed with photographs and building guides where available.

The National Property Controls introduced by the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, which stop signing of new leases and renewals of existing leases, were said to have cut government costs from May 2010 to September 2012 by £362 million a year and raised more than £640 million by selling over 250 surplus buildings.

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