Agenda Item No
The Vale of Glamorgan Council
Cabinet Meeting: 13th December, 2011
Report of the Cabinet Member for Visible and Building Services
Acquisition of Land at Millfield Drive, Cowbridge
Purpose of the Report
1. To seek the authority of Cabinet to acquire a small parcel of land at Millfield Drive, Cowbridge for use as public open space.
1. That authority is granted to the Director of Environment and Economic Regeneration, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Visible and Building Services, to purchase a parcel of land at Millfield Drive, Cowbridge for use as public open space.
2. That the Director of Legal and Public Protection be authorised to draft and execute all relevant legal documentation in connection with the purchase.
Reasons for the Recommendations
1. The purchase represents good value and will provide additional public open space whilst also improving the current land boundary arrangements.
2. To ensure that the land transfer arrangements are correctly administered.
2. The land in question (hatched red on the attached plan, Appendix A) is located off Millfield Drive, Cowbridge and surrounds an area of Council owned public open space.
3. The land in measures approximately 875m², and is currently scrubland, which the Parks and Grounds Maintenance Section informally maintain to ensure that the Council's adjacent land continues to be presented in good order. Purchasing the land will formalise the ownership, increase the useable space and facilitate improved future maintenance arrangements.
Relevant Issues and Options
4. The agents representing the landowners approached the Council in 2006 to ascertain if the Council wished to purchase the land. However, suitable terms could not be agreed as the landowner at that time required a sum of £13,500 plus fees.
5. A substantially lower figure of £2,500, with each party paying their own costs, has since been agreed, subject to the approval of Cabinet.
Resource Implications (Financial and Employment and Climate Change, if appropriate)
6. The land will be purchased utilising existing Parks and Grounds Maintenance budgets.
7. Estates and Legal Officers' costs will be incurred as a result of the acquisition process though these will be contained within existing budgets.
Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)
8. Legal officers will be required to draft all the necessary legal documentation in relation to the proposed acquisition of the land pursuant to the provisions of Section 111 of the Local Government Act 1972.
Crime and Disorder Implications
9. This additional land may help to reduce crime and disorder by providing increased amenity space.
Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)
10. There are no equal opportunities implications as a result of this report.
11. The Corporate Priority and service aim is "To achieve a quality of the environment through the promotion and use of sustainable practices and by making the best use of current and future resources".
12. The Service Objective is "To provide, manage and maintain Parks, open spaces and play areas".
Policy Framework and Budget
13. This report is a matter for Executive decision by the Cabinet.
Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)
14. All local Members have been consulted and no objections to the proposal have been received.
Relevant Scrutiny Committee
15. Economy and Environment.
Phil Beaman, Operational Manager Parks and Grounds Maintenance
Tel No: 01446 709543
Operational Manager, Legal Services
Group Estates Officer
Accountant Visible and Building Services
Rob Quick, Director of Environmental and Economic Regeneration