Decision details

Unsightly and derelict sites and land

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To update Members and consider further and ongoing actions concerning unsightly and derelict sites and land.


1)     That Members note the content of the report and the actions taken to date;


2)     That Members consider the sites (Appendix A); agree to a prioritised list and agree future actions where appropriate


3)     That Members agree the proposed Performance Framework


4)     Members agree to add the facility to report unsightly sites on the website, under the ‘report it’ button.


5)     That Cabinet asks Officers to explore what action can be taken on untidy sites where planning permission has been granted but the development has not yet been completed. 



Reasons for the decision:

To promote a co-ordinated approach to positive intervention on those sites which have a major detrimental effect upon the character, appearance and well-being of the communities within which they are set.


Alternative options considered:

Do nothing - This option would result in no, or limited and uncoordinated, action being taken on the sites so far identified, and perhaps others, with these sites therefore potentially remaining in a state that continues to significantly and adversely impact on the communities within which they are set.


Endorse the recommendations – This option would enable officers to focus their efforts in securing, through a variety of negotiated and punitive measures, significant improvements to sites that currently adversely affect the communities within which they are set.


In endorsing the recommendation set out at 2.2 members are advised that each site is different and that the actions required have differing consequences, both financially and in terms of the timescales within which results are likely to be achieved. Nevertheless, this is an on-going initiative aimed at addressing the adverse impacts arising from the continued presence of unsightly and derelict sites and land within the District.


Report author: Stephen James

Publication date: 11/07/2017

Date of decision: 10/07/2017

Decided at meeting: 10/07/2017 - Cabinet

Effective from: 19/07/2017

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