Decision details

Active Land Management

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To agree a framework for the active management of surplus land held by the Council and to approve an implementation plan for Officers to deliver.  It is recognised that the success of this framework will be defined as benefits delivered to our community.


1)           That the framework for the management of surplus land be adopted.


2)           The implementation plan be approved.


3)           That a positive aspect to biodiversity projects be considered in stage 2 of the framework.

Reasons for the decision:

The adoption of the framework would provide clarity and a sense of direction as regards to the Council’s options and how is is seeking to deliver a programme of work in a managed fashion.


To recognise that the Active Land Management of the Councils assets is key in the assessment of its Use of Resources.

To enhance the Council’s ability to deliver community based outcomes.

To provide a source of funding for both the Council’s revenue and capital spending plans.


Alternative options considered:

The Council will need to decide on how quickly it chooses to progress Active Land Management. The suggestion is that 10 parcels are jointly progressed over the next 6 months and this is then repeated until further land identification is required. At the end of the 6 months the Council should know what its intentions are for the plots of land taken through stages 1 to 2 of the framework. Clearly the delivery of stage 3 may at times be outside of the Councils control. I would advocate that the Council, where possible, does not seek to create an industry within these early stages but simply applies common sense. This allows the Development Control process to adjudicate upon development suitability and where possible remove any subjectivity from the Council intentions.


The Council might want to take a decision on how this work is prioritised and whether it can run concurrently with other more exciting opportunities and projects that may be present outside of this framework. On deciding this, the necessary resourcing and targets would need to be reflected within the relevant Service Plans and Personal Performance Targets.


Report author: Robert Barlow

Publication date: 28/10/2009

Date of decision: 27/10/2009

Decided at meeting: 27/10/2009 - Cabinet

Effective from: 06/11/2009

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