Active Land Management - Tranche 2
Meeting: 30/11/2010 - Cabinet (Item 123)
Report of the Executive Member for the Economic & Commercial Portfolio (Mark Kiddle-Morris).
The Land Management Officer explained that the report sought decisions on the use of each of the nine sites covered, being the second tranche of the Active Land Management Programme. She then presented a summary of the main issues and constraints, potential land values, parish council comments and options available in each case.
For Beeston, the Land Management Officer reminded Members that a shortfall of open space had been identified. The Parish Council wanted the land to be developed but only as a community asset in the form of an amenity open space/nature reserve. The Executive Member for the Economic & Commercial Portfolio (also the Ward Representative for Beeston) informed Cabinet that the piece of land in question had remained in a derelict condition for many years and had lots of concrete hard-standings. He felt that the area of land, if developed as amenity space, would not be used by the residents of Beeston as it was too far out of the village. He felt that the small area of land adjacent to existing properties should be sold for the provision of affordable housing and the remainder should be offered for sale or lease to the adjacent farmland owner.
The three sites in Great Dunham (GD1, GD2, and GD3) all had potential negligible values due to various constraints on each site. The aforementioned Executive Member, who was also the Ward Representative for Gt Dunham, pointed out that GD1 was too small to do anything with, GD2 was adequate in size to accommodate two dwellings and all three options for GD3 needed to be further investigated as the site had a difficult access.
In Necton, although the majority of the site lied outside the settlement boundary and had been a former quarry, the Chairman suggested that a planning application should be submitted and any sale should include the adjacent wood. He felt that the site would have great potential for the purchaser.
Having noted that this was the largest most primest site within Breckland Council’s portfolio, the site at Shipdham had a restrictive covenant limiting any development on the land to Breckland Council only. Shipdham Parish Council had offered a land swap so that the area could be retained as open space. A Member on behalf of the Ward Representative for Shipdham stated that over 450 residents had spoken about this piece of land. She reminded Members that the land adjacent to the site had been included in the Local Development Framework and therefore was likely to have many houses built on it. If the Breckland site was also developed Shipdham could end up being a small town rather than a village. She felt that this land was an important piece of amenity space and urged Members to support option 5 which was to swap the site with alternative village owned land.
The Chairman was aware that the people of Shipdham had strong views with regard to this piece of land and agreed that option 5 should be pursued but to come ... view the full minutes text for item 123