Transfers of Breckland Council-owned Land on the Barnhma Cross Estate to Peddars Way Housing Assoication - To Vary the Scheme of Delegation of Officers
Meeting: 15/09/2009 - Cabinet (Item 86)
Report of the Executive Member for the Economic, Health and Housing Portfolio (Paul Claussen).
The Commercial Property Manager presented the report which requested thel Council’s approval to vary the scheme of Officer Delegations to allow the Land Management Officer to approve transfers of land on the Barnham Cross Estate in Thetford to Peddars Way Housing Association at nil consideration.
The Executive Member for Economic, Health and Housing supported the recommendation as it would speed up the process. He was concerned, however, about the term ‘nil consideration’ being used as land at nil cost did not actually exist. The Head of Finance advised that the amounts were always reflected in the accounts and that these could be highlighted when produced annually.
The Executive Member for Governance and Corporate Development asked whether local Members were fully consulted before any such transfers.
He proposed that a further condition be added to the recommendation to ensure that a full consultation took place with the relevant Executive Member and Ward Member(s) on such transfers of land.
That the scheme of delegation of officers be varied to allow the Land Management Officer to approve transfers of Breckland Council-owned land to Peddars Way Housing Association providing each request was processed in accordance with the approved land management framework and that the legal costs associated with such transfer(s) were borne by Peddars Way Housing Association. The exception to this would be where the commercial value of the land proposed to be transferred exceeded £10,000.00, when the matter would be referred to Cabinet for consideration/decision.
That the scheme of delegation of officers not be varied resulting in Cabinet having to continue determining requests for the transfer of Breckland Council-owned land to Peddars Way Housing Association.
Efficiency savings would be made both for Officers and Members.
Such requests would be determined sooner.
RECOMMEND to Council that the scheme of delegation to Officers be varied to allow the Land Management Officer to approve transfers of Breckland Council-owned land on the Barnham Cross Estate in Thetford to Peddars Way Housing Association, at nil consideration, subject to:
1) each request being processed in accordance with the approved land management framework;
2) the legal costs associated with such transfer(s) be borne by Peddars Way Housing Association;
3) any proposed transfer of land with a commercial value exceeding £10,000.00 to be referred to Cabinet for consideration; and
4) full consultation with the relevant Executive Member and Ward Member.