Decision details

Active Land Management - Tranche 2

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The report sought decisions on the use of each of the nine sites covered, being the second tranche of the Active Land Management Programme.


That the action indicated be taken in respect of the following sites:


(1)         Beeston  - Herne Lane: the small area of land adjacent to the existing properties to be sold for the provision of affordable housing; and the remainder of the site to be offered for sale or lease to the adjacent farmland owner;

(2)         Great Dunham – Litcham Road/South Street: site reference GD1 to be offered to Parish Council to be retained as an area of amenity open space; site reference GD2 to explore the possible extension to existing housing; and GD3, the site to be offered to Anglian Water as an extension to its plant facility, if not forthcoming, offer the land to adjacent owner occupier(s) the opportunity of purchasing extra car parking or garden space, if not forthcoming, the site to be offered to the Parish Council as open space or allotments;

(3)         NectonKetts Hill/St Andrews Lane: a planning application be submitted (any sale to include adjacent wood);

(4)         Shipdham – Chapel Street: to swap site with alternative village owned land, if not forthcoming, the land to be retained by Breckland Council and other options be explored;

(5)         Sporle – Priory Close: to investigate the possible development of extending the existing housing on Priory Close;

(6)         SwaffhamSandringham Way: to investigate a joint venture with adjacent landowner, if unsuccessful, the site to be sold on the open market;

(7)         Swanton Morley – Middleton Avenue: to offer the site for sale for affordable housing;

(8)         Thetford – Ramsey Close – site to be sold on the open market and a contribution be made to Thetford Town Council towards alternative land for allotments; if site is sold Breckland Council must find alternative open space;

(9)         Thetford – The Covert: the site to be offered to Thetford Town Council as an area of open space (to be transferred as seen).

Reasons for the decision:

To ensure that the diverse interests that exist around land usage are realised and to provide a source of funding for both the Councils revenue and capital spending

Alternative options considered:

To decide on the alternative/future use of each of the nine sites processed through the second tranche of the Active Land Management Programme

Report author: Zoe Footer

Publication date: 02/12/2010

Date of decision: 30/11/2010

Decided at meeting: 30/11/2010 - Cabinet

Effective from: 10/12/2010

This decision has been called in by:

  • Councillor Kate Millbank who writes  Reference land in Swanton Morley Kate Millbank says that one of the key points utilised to allow Cabinet to come to this decision is the erroneous belief that there is a housing shortage in Swanton Morley. Breckland Council have already approved housing development within the Local Development Framework (LDF). The sale of land at Swanton Morley was called in on 9th December 2010 and will be considered by the Overview & Scrutiny Commission meeting on 6 January 2011. The correct call-in procedure has been followed"

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