Agenda item

Request to transfer Council-Owned Land at Norwich Road, Besthorpe and Release of Restrictive Covenant(s) (Agenda item 15)

Report of the Executive Member for Housing and Economic (Paul Claussen).

Minutes:

The Land Management Officer presented the report which concerned Cabinet’s approval for the transfer of Council-owned land and Norwich Road, Besthorpe, to Peddars Way Housing Association at nil consideration and the release of a restrictive covenant affecting the garage forecourt at Norwich Road, Besthorpe at nil consideration, to enable the redevelopment of the site to accommodate a two storey three bed house with integral garage.  Peddars Way Housing Association had advised that, if approved, the proceeds of the sale would be recycled on development of social housing or associated facilities within the Breckland District.

 

A planning application had recently been submitted for the scheme.

 

The Asset Manager informed Members that the Council had been working closely with all concerned and was getting the best results for Breckland’s communities.

 

The options available were:

 

·              (i)      that the Council-owned land (as shown edged in red on the plan attached to the report) at Norwich Road, Besthorpe be transferred, at nil consideration, to Peddars Way Housing Association to allow this land and the adjacent garage forecourt to be redeveloped;

 

(ii)         that the restrictive covenant on the Peddars Way Housing Association’s title (transfer dated March 1993), in favour of Breckland District Council stating that “subject to           Clause 7, in respect of any part of the Property described in Parts III, IV, V and VI of Schedule A (garages, garage forecourts, off street parking areas and amenity areas) not to develop or redevelop that part of the Property and not to permit the same to be used as other than garages, parking area, amenity areas, respectively, serving residential dwellings”, be released, at nil consideration; and

 

(iii)    that rights of access over the adjacent Council-owned track be granted for a successor in title.

 

·              (i)      that the land  be transferred, at or above the District Valuer’s           valuation to Peddars Way Housing Association to allow             redevelopment;

 

(ii)         that the restrictive covenant on the Peddars Way Housing Association’s title (transfer dated March 1993), in favour of Breckland District Council stating that “subject to           Clause 7, in respect of any part of the Property described in Parts III, IV, V and VI of Schedule A (garages, garage forecourts, off street parking areas and amenity areas) not to develop or redevelop that part of the Property and not to permit the same to be used as other than garages, parking area, amenity areas, respectively, serving residential dwellings”, be released, at or above the District Valuer’s valuation; and

 

(iii)       that rights of access over the adjacent Council-owned track be granted for a successor in title.

 

·              (i)      that the land remain within Breckland’s ownership;

 

(ii)     that the restrictive covenant not be released; and

 

(iii)       that rights of access over the adjacent Council-owned track not be granted.

 

The reasons for the recommendation were:

 

a)           the Council would lose responsibility for this area of land at Norwich Road, Besthorpe;

 

b)           the redevelopment of these areas would support the Council’s number one priority.

 

RESOLVED that

 

1)           the Council-owned land at Norwich Road, Besthorpe be transferred, at nil consideration to Peddars Way Housing Association to allow this land and the adjacent garage forecourt to be redeveloped, subject to Peddars Way Housing Association undertaking community consultation.

 

2)           the restrictive covenant affecting the garage forecourt at Norwich Road, Besthorpe be released, at nil consideration.

 

3)           the rights of access over the adjacent Council-owned track be granted for a successor in title.

 

4)           the equivalent capital receipt of developing the land at Norwich Road, Besthorpe, to the District Valuer’s valuation of £34,000, be recycled by the Housing Association in development of social housing or associated facilities within the Breckland district.

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