Defra chose a full co-location of the AHDB and sector company functions at Stoneleigh because of "concern in some quarters that Milton Keynes is too heavily associated with the Meat & Livestock Commission".
The choice was swayed by a promise of £4.7m in funding from Advantage West Midlands (AWM) for an AHDB headquarters building at Stoneleigh. But AWM later withdrew its funding (HW, 1 October) because of the economic climate and the AHDB remains in "inadequate" offices at Stoneleigh.
An AHDB representative said: "On the building, we are pursuing a number of options in the local area and we hope this matter will be resolved in the next few months. Our freehold property of Winterhill House (Milton Keynes), valued at £1.5m, is being marketed."