Venue: Phoenix Centre - L/Cpl Stephen Shaw MC Way, Heywood, OL10 1LR
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Members must indicate at this stage any items on the agenda in which they must declare an interest. Members must verbally give notice of their interest at the meeting and complete the form attached with this agenda.
Members are also advised to take advice with regard to any matter where there is potential bias or predetermination in any business to be considered at the meeting and whether they should take part in decision making at the meeting.
Members are reminded that, in accordance with the Localism Act 2011 and the Council's adopted Code of Conduct, they must declare the nature of any discloseable pecuniary interest; personal interest and/or prejudicial interest required of them and, in the case of any discloseable pecuniary interest or prejudicial interest, withdraw from the meeting during consideration of the item, unless permitted otherwise within the Code of Conduct.
There were no declarations of interest.
Half an hour has been set aside for members of the public to raise any issues relevant to the business of the Committee and the Township.
The following matters were raised as part of the Open Forum:-
a) Planning Application – Hopwood Hall Ward
The Committee considered a question from Mrs J Barlow asking who could make representations on behalf of Hopwood Hall residents relating to a planning application from Russell Homes when all three Hopwood Hall Ward Councillors were members of the Planning and Licencing Committee. Mrs Barlow also requested that a meeting be held with local residents in order that they could put forward their views on the planning application.
Councillor Susan Emmott informed the Committee that she would ‘stand down’ from the Planning and Licensing Committee for consideration of this particular planning application and would therefore be able to represent the views of local residents and that a meeting would be arranged in due course to enable residents to put forward their views on the planning application.
b) Members Allowances
The Committee considered a question from Mr P Barnes about standards in public life, especially those relating to openness and transparency and how this worked with Members voting on increases to their allowances. Councillor Malcolm outlined the reasons why he had voted in favour of the increases which had been recommended by an Independent Panel after a review period. Councillor O’Rourke commented that it would be preferable if an Independent Government body could determine Members allowances.
In response to a question from Mr H Downham-Clarke asking whether Members had been instructed to vote in a certain way relating to Members allowances, Members of the Committee commented that they had not been instructed to vote in a certain way.
To consider the minutes of the meeting of the Heywood Township Committee held on 28th November 2016.
The Minutes of the meeting of the Heywood Township Committee held on 28th November 2016 were considered.
Members commented that during consideration of the item about the Sale of Land at Bamford Road, Heywood (Minute 45 refers) that they had agreed the sale on a leasehold basis and that the Minute should be amended to reflect this.
DECIDED – that the Minutes of the meeting of the Heywood Township Committee held on 28th November 2016 be approved as a correct record subject to the amendment of the decision in respect of Minute 45 (1) – Sale of Land at Bamford Road, Heywood to read “that approval be given to the release of land at Bamford Road, Heywood as detailed on the plan appended to the submitted report for disposal at market value on a leasehold basis”.
To note the minutes of the meeting of the Heywood Township Delegated Sub-Committee held on 15th November 2016.
DECIDED – that the Minutes of the meeting of the Heywood Township Delegated Sub-Committee held on 15th November 2016 be noted.
The Township Committee considered the report of the Director of Economy which sought to obtain approval for the release of the land adjacent to 12 Rose Hill Street, Heywood for disposal as detailed in the plan appended to the submitted report.
The site is 0.03 hectares (0.08 acres) in size and is defined in the Unitary Development Plan (UDP) as ‘Defined Urban Area’. It comprises of a vacant ‘L’ shaped plot of land between 73-79 Bury Street and adjacent to 12 Rose Hill Street. The area is generally residential in nature with some commercial properties fronting Bury Street and what appears to be an industrial unit to the west of the site off Gale Street. Initial discussions with Planners have highlighted that residential development of this site will be supported.
In terms of alternatives considered, the site could be retained for its current use. Retention of this site would not secure capital receipts or beneficial development, nor reduce the Council’s financial and/or environmental liabilities. In its current condition, the site adds little to the recreational or visual amenity of the area.
The site is currently vacant. Retaining the site in its current use carries the risk of liabilities such as fly-tipping, anti-social behaviour and regular or ad hoc maintenance obligations.
DECIDED – (1) that the land adjacent to 12 Rose Hill Street as detailed in the plan appended to the submitted report declared surplus to the Council’s requirements and released for disposal on a leasehold basis;
(2) that following receipt of instructions from the Director of Economy, the Assistant Director Legal, Governance and Workforce be authorised to advise appropriate Council Services, to prepare the appropriate legal documentation and execute such documents on behalf of the Council;
(3) that the purchaser be required to pay the Council’s legal and surveyor’s costs.
Eligible for call in - yes