The lease

The Trust and Sevenoaks District Council are delighted to announce that the 99-year lease of the Archbishop’s Palace site and buildings was completed on 19th September. This means that the Trust can now start to make progress with many aspects of the project – including seeking funding for the work needed to create the interpretation centre and exhibition spaces in the North West Tower, and the renovation of the Gatehouse which, in the longer term, will become a secure educational study centre.

Cllr Lesley Dyball and Nick Rushby, Secretary of the Trust, signing the lease in the Palace Tower, watched by Cllr John Edwards-Winser (left) and Trustee Roger House (right)

Purcell Architects have completed a detailed feasibility study which will provide the foundations of more detailed plans. The study will also be the basis for funding applications which can be prepared and submitted now that the lease is signed. We will be publishing sections of the study on the Palace website as soon as practical.