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Shhh! Historic former library is due to be sold this month

Belper’s historic former library building is to go under the hammer following the opening of a new £1.7 million library in Derwent Street.

The impressive stone-built property in Bridge Street is to be sold on behalf of Derbyshire County Council by SDL Auctions in its commercial property auction on Friday 30th October with a *guide price of £300,000+.

Believed to have been built in the 1870s, the property was once a grand private house known as The Hollies. It was owned by a doctor who ran a surgery there, before it was sold to Derbyshire County Council in 1937.

Its sale presents a rare development opportunity according to auctioneers.

Managing director and auctioneer Andrew Parker said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for an enterprising investor to help shape this award-winning market town by redeveloping this fascinating character property.” 

The extensive property spans four floors, including a basement, and sits on a large plot with a car park and a sizeable green space which backs onto playing fields.

Andrew added: “The Hollies offers huge potential for a number of uses, including residential, with the space for a new-build extension, all subject to the necessary planning permissions. In a town as popular as Belper, there is always demand for attractive housing, so we feel it would lend itself particularly well to a residential conversion, such as high-end self-contained apartments, although we urge potential buyers to consult Amber Valley Borough Council before bidding.”

The Hollies is in the heart of Belper’s bustling town centre, which in January once again won the Champion High Street Award for England at the Great British High Street Awards after taking the prize for the first time in 2014. The town is well served by independent shops, supermarkets, schools and amenities, including a leisure centre and sports clubs, while being surrounded by beautiful countryside and just a short distance from the Derbyshire Dales and the Peak District National Park.

The property will be sold on Friday 30th October, the second day of SDL Auctions’ two-day auction later this month, which will be dedicated to commercial properties. Residential lots will be sold on Thursday 29th October.

The move to a two-day auction follows the continued growth of the company’s monthly national property auctions which have cemented its position as the  UK’s most successful live-streamed property auctioneer. In September, SDL Auctions held its biggest auction yet, featuring 240 lots and bringing the amount raised for sellers to £26 million during the month and more than £130 million since the start of 2020.

Andrew added: “We are delighted to have been able to help so many sellers achieve their property goals in this most challenging of years and are proud that we can not only continue to operate safely but grow our business to help even more people sell their properties.”

Already there are more than 150 properties on SDL Auctions’ website for its first two-day auction on 29th and 30th October – and there is still time to enter your property. To find out more about selling a property with SDL Auctions, call the Derby team for a free auction appraisal on 01332 242 880 or click here to request a call-back.