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Agenda Item No

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Welsh Church Act Estate Committee 7th April  2014

 

Report of the Director of Resources

 

Grazing Land at Llangan

 

Purpose of the Report

1.         To advise Committee that the current Tenant of the Welsh Church Act Estate land at Llangan has given notice to quit and the land has become vacant as of 1st February 2014 and to seek the views of Committee in relation to re-letting the land.

Recommendations

1.         That Committee notes that Mr M.R L has given notice to relinquish his Tenancy of the land at Llangan owned by the Welsh Church Act Estate;

2.         That Committee consider whether they wish to advertise the availability of this land for either disposal or Tenancy.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.         To update Committee in relation to its property portfolio and;

2.         To seek Committees instructions on the future of this land.

Background

2.         The land referred to and shown on the plan at Appendix A has been let on a Farm Business Tenancy since 2nd February 1982 by virtue of an agreement dated 1st December 1982 between the Welsh Church Acts Committee and Mr M.R.L . 

3.         The Tenant, Mr M.R.L has recently decided to relinquish his Tenancy and has given notice, in accordance with the requirements of the Tenancy agreement.

4.         The Tenancy therefore expired on 1st February 2014.

5.         The Tenancy has now been relinquished and the land inspected to ensure that the land has been vacated.

Relevant Issues and Options

6.         The land owned by this Committee measures approximately 62.26acres and is located near The Old Rectory and St Canna Church in Llangan.

7.         There are three options available to the Committee going forward.  A: Do nothing with the land; B: Advertise the land for re-letting on a grazing licence or longer Tenancy arrangement; C: Advertise the land for sale and dispose of the land.

8.         Option A - as Committee have a duty to manage lands held by them in accordance with the Scheme of Trust, it is not recommended that this option be pursued.

9.         It is therefore for Committee to consider whether they wish to re-let the land and on what basis or to advertise the land for sale.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

10.      Should Committee be minded to offer an annual grazing licence or grant a longer Tenancy agreement an annual rental income would be negotiated to reflect the lands usage.

11.      Should Committee be minded to dispose of the land, then a capital receipt would be achieved.  Estates and Legal Officers time will be incurred in negotiating and drafting, whichever option were to be preferred by Committee.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

12.      There are no sustainability and climate change implications as a result of this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

13.      The Committee have a duty to manage lands held by them in accordance with the Scheme of the Trust and with Charity Law.

Crime and Disorder Implications

14.      Whilst land is occupied, it will attract less crime and disorder issues such as unlawful occupation and fly tipping.   

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

15.      None.

Corporate/Service Objectives

16.      The sole concern of the Committee is to act in the best interests of the Trust.

Policy Framework and Budget

17.      Not applicable.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

18.      Since the members of this Committee are acting as Committee Members, independent of the other Council resolutions, no further consultation has taken place.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

19.      None

Background Papers

16. None

 

Contact Officer

Lorna Cross

 

Officers Consulted

Mike Walsh, Property & Contract Team Leader, Legal Services

 

Responsible Officer:

Siân Davies,

Director of Resources