Waverley Borough Council Committee System - Committee Document
Meeting of the Executive held on 30/09/2003
SALE OF SMALL AREAS OF LAND
Summary & Purpose
This report proposes an embargo on sales of Council owned land whilst a review of Housing Strategy is undertaken.
Quality of Life Implications
Prevention and Control
Whilst the Council may forego small capital receipts from sales, the potential provision of additional affordable housing would aid social inclusion.
There are no e-Government implications associated with this report.
Resource and legal implications
The sale of small areas of land can generate capital receipts. Assuming the Local Government Bill is enacted in April 2004, 50% of housing receipts will be paid into the pool of national receipts and will not be available for Waverley to spend. For General Fund receipts 100% will still be usable by Waverley. There are no legal implications.
1. At present, where Waverley owned land is considered surplus to requirements and expressions of interest to purchase have been received, on occasions the Council has agreed to the sale of small areas.
2. As part of the ongoing review of Housing Strategy and in order to protect any development potential, in particular with regard to the ability to provide affordable housing, it is proposed to place an embargo on land sales, both General Fund and Housing Revenue Account for a period of one year. If appropriate, short-term licence/lease arrangements could be agreed if acceptable to both parties.
3. These proposals introduce a temporary hold to land sales whilst the Council takes stock of the situation.
4. It is recommended that:-
1. Waverley will not normally sell off plots of land in response to requests made by prospective purchasers, or seek to find buyers for such plots;
2. in exceptional circumstances, where disposal may be considered, it must be evident that any disposal of Waverley land will be in Waverley’s long term interests, in order to take account of potentially different circumstances in the future. Preference should be given to licence/lease arrangements which temporarily allow a different use for the land without losing Waverley long term control; and
3. this interim policy be reviewed in September 2004.
The Committee is invited to make any comments or observations to the Executive on the proposed way forward for the sale of small areas of land, set out above.
There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.