Decision details

Disposal of Land at Starkey Street / Langton Street Heywood

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


to seek member approval to the disposal of land where an objection has been raised by the Township


Cabinet considered proposals for the disposal of sites at Starkey Street and Langton Street in Heywood.  The sites were considered to be surplus to the Council’s operational requirements.  The sale of the sites would generate a capital receipt for the Council and reduce its maintenance liabilities.


Consultation had been carried out with the North Heywood ward councillors and the Chair of Heywood Township.  Objections have been raised to the sale of Langton Street car park – plot 3 on the plan below.


In view of the objections raised Cabinet were requested to consider the future of the site by using its powers to release these sites for disposal.


Alternatives Considered


The site could be retained in its current use. Retention of this site will not secure capital receipts or beneficial development, nor reduce the Council’s financial and/or environmental liabilities. Retaining this site in its current use carries the risk of liabilities such as fly-tipping, anti-social behaviour and regular or ad hoc maintenance obligations


Plot 3 could be retained as a car park and only plots 1 and 2 released for development. 




1.    That the sites at Starkey Street and Langton Street be declared surplus to requirements and released for disposal on the open market.


2.    That the Head of Legal Service be authorised to prepare the appropriate legal documents and execute such documents on behalf of the Council.


3.    That any purchaser pays the Council’s legal and surveyor’s costs.


Reason for decision


The Director of Economy is charged with the continual review of the Council’s land and property holdings to identify those that are surplus to requirements and could be sold. The Director of Economy is aiming to expose 25 sites to the market during 2019/20.


Plots 1 and 2 on the plan below are areas of open space that have low amenity value.  Plot 3 is a community car park that is used mainly by local businesses.  Together the sites form a valuable development plot that would support a small residential development.

Report author: Janet Butterworth

Publication date: 26/02/2020

Date of decision: 30/07/2019

Decided at meeting: 30/07/2019 - Cabinet

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