Disposal of land at Parkwood Parade

Heritage, Leisure and Culture

10th August 2015

Is the final decision on the recommendations in this report to be made at this meeting?

Yes

 

Disposal of Land at Parkwood Parade

 

Final Decision-Maker

Heritage, Leisure and Culture Committee

Lead Director or Head of Service

Zena Cooke

Lead Officer and Report Author

Jason Taylor

Classification

Non-exempt

Wards affected

Parkwood

 

 

This report makes the following recommendations to the final decision-maker:

1.    To declare surplus the open space land outlined in red on the attached plan.

2.    To authorise the placing of a Public Notice pursuant of Section 123 of the Local Government Act 1972

3.    To refer the matter to the Policy and Resources Committee for a final decision concerning disposal of the land.

 

 

This report relates to the following corporate priorities:

         Great Opportunity

         Great Place

 

 

Timetable

Meeting

Date

Heritage, Culture and Leisure

10th August 2015

Council

n/a

Other Committee

n/a



Disposal of Land at Parkwood Parade

 

 

1.                        PURPOSE OF REPORT AND EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

1.1      The Council has been approached by Golding Homes with a request to purchase areas of open space land at Parkwood Parade in order to facilitate Phase 3 of the redevelopment of social housing in Parkwood.

 

1.2      In order for Golding Homes to achieve the number of social housing units they require on the site, it is necessary to include areas of land that are currently owned by the Council.

 

1.3      To dispose of the land, it needs to be declared surplus to operational requirements and the intention to dispose publically advertised. A recommendation to dispose can then be made to the Policy and Resources Committee, who will make the final decision.

 

 

2.                        INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND

 

2.1      Golding Homes are redeveloping the majority of the social housing in Parkwood, and part of this work includes the redevelopment of Parkwood Parade.

 

2.2      In order to maximise the redevelopment opportunity at this location, Golding Homes would like to purchase some areas of open space currently owned by the Council. These areas are shown outlined in red on the site plan attached as Appendix I.

 

2.3      The areas of open space are grass verges adjacent to an existing parade of shops, and are currently managed by the Councilís grounds maintenance team. The total area of open space to be disposed of is 1,985 square metres.

 

2.4      The land has been confirmed by the Parks and Leisure team as having no strategic value to the Council.

 

 

 

 

3.                        AVAILABLE OPTIONS

 

 

3.1      The Heritage, Culture and Leisure Committee could decide to not declare the land surplus to operational requirements and retain it as part of the Councilís open space provision. This would allow the Council to control some small areas of grass verge in an urban area, but would prevent the proposed development of social housing and realise fewer properties on the site.

 

3.2      This is not recommended because the redevelopment of Golding Homes property in Parkwood is essential to providing quality social housing in the Borough and retaining ownership of the grass verges would reduce the amount of homes being built.

 

3.3      The Heritage, Culture and Leisure Committee could decide to dispose of only the land essential to the redevelopment of Parkwood Parade, which would still allow the desired amount of social housing to be built and retain open space areas around the development.

 

3.4      Retaining some of the open space would make future maintenance of the land overly complicated as it would be shared between Golding Homes and the Council. It is not recommended that this option is taken because the retained land would not be landscaped to the specification of the new development, and would detract from the quality of the development.

 

3.5      The Heritage, Culture and Leisure Committee could decide to declare the land surplus, relieving the Council of the maintenance responsibility and facilitating the full development potential of the Parkwood Parade site for social housing.

 

 

4.         PREFERRED OPTION AND REASONS FOR RECOMMENDATIONS

 

4.1      It is recommended that the Heritage, Culture and Leisure Committee declare all the land outlined in red on the attached plan surplus to operational requirements and authorise the placing of the Section 123 Notice to advertise the disposal.

 

4.2      The Notice will be placed in the Kent Messenger newspaper for two consecutive weeks and will give members of the public six weeks in which to submit any comments or objections to the Council.

 

4.3      Any comments or objections received will need to be considered by the Heritage, Culture and Leisure Committee before making a recommendation to the Policy and Resources Committee.

 

4.4      Should no comments or objections be received in response to the Notice, the matter will then be referred to the Policy and Resources Committee for a final decision concerning disposal of the land.

 

4.5      Declaring surplus all the land identified on the attached plan is the best option because this allows the land to be disposed of to Golding Homes, securing the redevelopment of the Parkwood Parade site and provision of social housing.

 

 

 

5.        CONSULTATION RESULTS AND PREVIOUS COMMITTEE FEEDBACK

 

5.1         Consultation will be through the publication of the Section 123 Notice.

 

 

6.        NEXT STEPS: COMMUNICATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DECISION

 

6.1      If the recommendations have been agreed by the Heritage, Culture and Leisure Committee, the Parks and Leisure team will request that the Councilís Communications team publish the relevant Section 123 Notice in the Kent Messenger newspaper for two consecutive weeks.

 

6.2      After the six week period for comments and objections has expired, a recommendation will be made to the Policy and Resources Committee once any objections have been considered by the Heritage, Culture and Leisure Committee to make the final decision for disposal.†

 

 

7.        CROSS-CUTTING ISSUES AND IMPLICATIONS

 

 

Issue

Implications

Sign-off

Impact on Corporate Priorities

This report supports the priority Keeping Maidstone Borough an attractive place for all.

Parks and Leisure Services Manager

Risk Management

There are no material risks arising from this report

Parks and Leisure Services Manager

Financial

The recommendations will result in a small saving in maintenance costs for MBC.

Chief† Accountant

Staffing

There are no staffing implications arising from this report

Parks and Leisure Services Manager

Legal

There will be legal implications arising from the land being declared surplus and from the publication of the s123 Notice which will be considered in the recommendation to the Policy and Resources Committee for it to make the final decision for disposal.

 

Head of Legal Services

Equality Impact Needs Assessment

There are no implications arising from this report

Parks and Leisure Services Manager

Environmental/Sustainable Development

The recommendations enable the delivery of housing in the borough

Parks and Leisure Services Manager

Community Safety

There are no implications arising from this report

Parks and Leisure Services Manager

Human Rights Act

There are no implications arising from this report

Parks and Leisure Services Manager

Procurement

There are no implications arising from this report

 

Asset Management

Assets and the associated liabilities will be transferred away from MBC

Parks and Leisure Services Manager

 

8.         REPORT APPENDICES

 

The following documents are to be published with this report and form part of the report:

               Appendix I: Site plan

 

 

9.         BACKGROUND PAPERS

 

None