To consider the recommendations of the Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee relating to the call in of the disposal of land at Starkey Street / Langton Street Heywood.
Cabinet considered the receommendations of the Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee in relation to a decision that had been made by the Cabinet, at its meeting on 30th July (minute 28: Disposal of Land at Starkey Street/Langton Street, Heywood), which had subsequently been called-in by Councillors O’Rourke and Rush.
The matter had been considered by the Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 28th August 2019 and the following recommendations had been made:-
1. That the matter be referred back to Cabinet for reconsideration with the following recommendations:
· That Plot of land 2 (adjacent to Hilda Street) be released for disposal;
· That Plots of land 1 and 3 be not disposed of and that further work be undertaken to assess the potential for future ownership of the land;
2. That the way consultation responses on future reports of this nature is included be reviewed to ensure that the views of Townships are fully incorporated;
3. That it be noted that the Communities Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee will undertake a review of the whole process for disposals of land as part of their work programme.
1. That the recommendations of the Communities Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee be approved.
Eligible for call in – no
To consider the disposal of land at Starkey Street / Langton Street Heywood.
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.
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.
It was AGREED
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.