Fancy owning Budleigh fire station? Property goes on the market for £125,000

If you fancy owning your own fire station, the recently-closed Budleigh Salterton building has gone on the market with an auction guide price of £125,000.

The two-storey fire base, in Station Road, was permanently closed at the start of April 2020, as part of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s cost cutting consultation, Safer Together.

The former fire station, which served the town for around 100 years before it closed three months ago, will be sold at a live stream, online, public auction on Thursday, September 10.

Described by the auction house as ‘situated in the heart of the sought-after seaside town’, the fire station – lot number one – is being sold as a freehold property with the potential for conversion.

Budleigh Salterton fire station

Budleigh Salterton Fire Station is on the market.

The sale includes the two-storey former fire station and forecourt parking space.

When used as a fire station, the building contained the town’s fire truck with additional space for training, storage and office area.

Agents, Countrywide Property Auctions, handling the sale, describe the former fire station as ‘an interesting, sizeable and versatile two-storey building, comprising of the former fire station and additional forecourt parking, situated in the heart of the ever-popular seaside town of Budleigh Salterton.

The auctioneers added: “This well-maintained building would lend itself to a variety of uses such as commercial/community use as is, or other subject to any requisite consents, upon which interested parties should make and rely upon their own planning enquiries of East Devon District Council Planning Department.”

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) said auctioning the property ‘enables a transparent, certain and fair route to sale’.

A DSFRS spokeswoman said: “On the day of the online auction all potential purchasers will have the opportunity to bid for the property, the best bid on the day will be successful if in excess of the reserve price.”

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