* Oakleigh on Abbey Road will be a private home again.
A family returning to make their home in Llangollen have now completed the purchase of Oakleigh, the former mental health resource centre on Abbey Road, Llangollen, which has been lying empty for over two years.
Agents Legat Owen, whose Chester office has been handling the disposal of the imposing property in front of the Eisteddfod field, has told llanblogger that vendor Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB), has now formally handed it over to the new owner.
Stephen Wade, director of business space for Legat Owen’s Chester office, said on Friday: “We are pleased to confirm that BCUHB have today completed the sale of Oakleigh hospital in Llangollen.
“The property has been sold to a family who are looking to return to Llangollen.
“They intend to use the property as a private residence.
“The sale was completed following an informal tender process.
Asking price for Oakleigh had been £350,000 although Legat Owen said the terms of the agreed sale would remain confidential.
This latest development comes at the end of a formal bidding process which closed on January 18.
The property has been empty since September 2010 when it was sold off by the board as surplus to its requirements.
Legat Owen’s details for the sale show that Oakleigh covers 306 square metres (3,293 square feet) on a site of 0.28 hectares (0.69 acres).
The description continues:“Oakleigh comprises an attractive two storey period propertyfof brick construction under a pitched timber framed roof with clay tile covering.
“Internally the property retains many of its original features.
“The property has a rateable value of £10,000 and is available for sale freehold.
“The property offers potential for a variety of alternative uses subject to securing the appropriate planning permission.
“Planning permission has recently been granted for a change of use to a residential dwelling.”
A Freedom of Information request submitted to BCUHB by llanblogger last year showed the annual cost of maintenance and security of the property while it remained empty was £500 a year.
Oakleigh had often been mentioned in connection with proposals by BCUHB for major changes to health services in Llangollen but the sale now rules it firmly out of the running.