Transfer of small sites to support delivery of Affordable Homes
CONSULTATION ON THE FUTURE OF PROPERTY
The future of the following property is under consideration: Various parcels of land adjoining social housing sites
South Gloucestershire Council is opening this decision to public consultation between 14 May 2018 until midnight on 26 June 2018
The parcels of land in question were retained by the Council when its housing stock was transferred to Merlin in 2007. They consist of a mix of landscaping, highway verge, hard surfaced and cleared sites (e.g. former garage sites). At that time it was considered in the Council’s interests to hold these for strategic purposes, e.g. possible future housing development or sale to generate capital receipts. The majority of these sites however are either considered a liability to the Council and/or not capable of standalone development.
It was decided in 2014 to approach Merlin with a view to regularising this, whilst working together to generate new affordable homes. Since that time a ‘land package’ has been agreed in principle to include 55 parcels of land. The intention is to transfer these freehold to Merlin. Where it is possible and viable, Merlin shall build new affordable homes, with this likely to require the inclusion of their adjoining land in some instances. It is currently anticipated that this proposal could generate approximately 42 new homes. There is an added benefit to the Council of removing ongoing maintenance liabilities, these being passed to Merlin or their successors in title where there is no development potential, but their maintenance benefits Merlin properties.
On the occasion that a parcel of land (with or without the incorporation of Merlin’s adjoining land) does not provide a viable development scheme for Merlin, but has potential to generate a capital receipt, they are permitted to subsequently sell these at market value. This however would be subject to the capital receipt they receive being reinvested in addressing the need for affordable housing in South Gloucestershire.
Where a parcel of land within the package is considered to be capable of standalone development prior to the transfer best consideration will be payable by Merlin at the outset.
Parcels of land which are being consulted on
The parcels of land in question can be found by ward below, and a plan is provided for your reference.
How to have your say
- Complete the online survey
- Print and complete a paper copy of the survey and return to our Freepost address - no stamp needed. Paper copies of the survey can also be found in local libraries and One Stop Shops.
Freepost RTXL-YJXJ-BXEX, South Gloucestershire Council, Corporate Research & Consultation Team, Council offices
Badminton Road, Yate, BRISTOL, BS37 5AF
|Name||Transfer of small sites to support delivery of Affordable Homes|
|Dates||From 1 May 2018 at 17:00 to 26 Jun 2018 at 23:59.|
|Geographical area||Almondsbury, Bitton, Boyd Valley, Bradley Stoke Central and Stoke Lodge, Bradley Stoke North, Bradley Stoke South, Charfield, Chipping Sodbury, Cotswold Edge, Dodington, Downend, Emersons Green, Filton, Frampton Cotterell, Frenchay and Stoke Park, Hanham, Kings Chase, Ladden Brook, Longwell Green, Oldland Common, Parkwall, Patchway, Pilning and Severn Beach, Rodway, Severn, Siston, Staple Hill, Stoke Gifford, Thornbury North, Thornbury South and Alveston, Westerleigh, Winterbourne, Woodstock, Yate Central, Yate North|
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