Waverley Borough Council Committee System - Committee Document
Meeting of the Executive held on 30/09/2003
Land at Old Elstead Road, Milford
Summary & Purpose
This report seeks authority to sell the land (shown outlined on the plan annexed) to English Rural Housing Association for the purposes of constructing a road to the development constructed on the land shown hatched on the plan.
Quality of Life Implications
Prevention and Control
The sale of this land to English Rural Housing Association will provide vehicular and pedestrian access to their new development. It will assist them in seeking to have the access declared a highway maintainable at public expense.
There are no e-government implications in this report.
Resource and legal implications
Waverley will no longer be responsible for maintaining a small area of grass to the front of 36–40 Amberley Road nor for the bank leading down to the road.
The sale of the land will give the Housing Association the necessary rights to construct and ultimately to have transferred to public highway the road that leads to their new estate on the hatched land.
1. The sale of the land shown hatched on the plan annexed to English Rural Housing Association for the construction of 15 affordable houses was approved by the Executive on 16th October 2003. At that time, it was assumed that access to the site would be over the old Elstead Road, the surface of which still remains although it is now designated as a bridleway. However, it is understood that negotiations between the owners of half the bridleway and the Housing Association were inconclusive and the Housing Association consequentially has since requested that the whole of the access road be constructed on Waverley land.
2. Between 36–40 Amberley Road and the proposed access road is a small area of grass which includes a bank down to the road. It would appear sensible to pass the maintenance of this area to the Housing Association as part of it will be needed for the construction of the access road and the remainder would leave Waverley with only a small strip of grass to maintain that serves no particular purpose.
3. Had the problems associated with the access been known at the time of the original report, it is probable that this land would have been included within the land to be sold at no extra cost. Under these circumstances, it is proposed that the sale price of the land shown outlined on the plan annexed be nominal. The Housing Association will bear Waverley’s legal costs.
It is recommended that the land shown outlined on the plan annexed be transferred at nominal cost to English Rural Housing Association, terms and conditions to be negotiated by the Property and Development Manager.
There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.