Disposal of Land at Borrowdale Park, Langley
To consider the disposal of land at Borrowdale Park, Langley,
The Sub-Committee considered the report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which sought approval for the disposal of Council land at Borrowdale Park, Langley, to The Riverside Group Limited (TRGL).
Further to the submitted report, the Sub-Committee was also advised verbally of an estimated value of the land that had been undertaken by the Council’s Estates Team.
Open market sale of the property, outside of the land pooling agreement would generate a capital receipt but would not then provide affordable housing for rent within the area. As other sites within the area have been sold and developed with housing for sale, failure to develop this site with housing available at affordable rents would alter the tenure balance on the estate and would prevent low-income residents from accessing new homes.
1. That the wider benefits and improvements the redevelopment of this site will provide which justify the disposal at nil value be noted;
2. That the disposal of the site to TRGL for nil value in order to enable development of the site by TRGL for affordable housing be approved;
3. That approval of the final heads of term for the disposal be delegated to the Director of Neighbourhoods in consultation with the Director of Resources once agreed between the Council and TRGL;
4. That authority be delegated to the Head of Legal to carry out and complete the legal formalities in connection with the disposal on behalf of the Council.
Reasons for decision:
The provision of affordable housing in the location would ensure that local housing need was recognised and responded to, would increase the tenure diversity in the area; enhance the housing offer available to residents and, ultimately, would help to improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the residents of the area.
Homes England had confirmed they were happy to support the scheme through the provision of grant funding.
TRGL was committed to the scheme and approval had been given by their Board to proceed.