Reference from the Overview and Scrutiny Commission
Meeting: 11/01/2011 - Cabinet (Item 13)
Reference from the Overview and Scrutiny Commission - Land at Swanton Morley, Tranche 2 of the Active Land Management Programme (Agenda item 15)
To consider references from the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Commission held on 6 January 2011.
This call-in was in relation to land management activities at Swanton Morley and after a very healthy and vigorous debate the Overview & Scrutiny Commission determined that the Cabinet’s former decision should be continued, to offer the land for affordable housing. However, taking into consideration the strength of local opposition to the proposal, the Commission had requested that once the value of the land had been established, the final decision on its sale should be brought back to Cabinet for further discussion to explore best value and best return for the residents of Swanton Morley.
The Opposition Leader stated that a good debate had been had which centred round the whys and wherefores of Active Land Management. He said it was quite rare for a decision to be called-in but the residents had felt it warranted further debate.
Looking at the recommendation, the Chairman felt that both sides should be satisfied with the outcome. He asked Officers to ensure that all the relevant information was available before it came back to Cabinet.
RESOLVED that the previous decision that was agreed by Cabinet at its meeting on 30 November 2010, to offer the land for sale for affordable housing be re-approved, subject to a final decision on its sale being discussed at a future Cabinet meeting once the value of the land had been determined to take account of local opposition to the proposal.