Decision details

Sale of garden land rear of 5/6 Bridge Road Little Sutton

Decision Maker: Portfolio Holder for Communities and Operational Housing

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To approve the sale of an area of uncultivated garden to the rear of the Anglian Water Sewerage Treatment Works to the owners of 6 Bridge Road Little Sutton


To agree to sell an area of inaccessible land that forms part of the garden of 5 Bridge Road, Little Sutton to the owners of 6 Bridge Road for the sum of £4000.

That a restrictive covenant is imposed as a condition of the sale, that the use of the land be restricted to the owners use in conjunction with the use as garden land only.


Reasons for the decision:

Currently, the garden of 5 Bridge Road, is separated into two sections, with an Anglian Water STW splitting the two areas. There is no direct access to this area of garden to the tenants of number 5. Previously, access could be gained to this area via an informal agreement through the garden of number 6. However, since this property [6] has now been sold this arrangement is no longer in place.


Whilst there was unformalised access arrangements, this was never used by the tenants of 5 Bridge Road. The area is currently overgrown with brambles and uncultivated.


As there is no direct access to the land, it will continue to be uncultivated and may well start impacting on the condition of the adjacent garden of 6 Bridge Road, giving rise to potential issues and complaints.


The sale of the land to the current owners of 6 Bridge Road, will remove from the Council a small area of HRA land which it has no access to, and the potential future issues of how to maintain the land.


Alternative options considered:

Refuse to sell the strip of land - If the sale is not granted, the Council would potentially continue to own a small area of garden attached to the tenancy of 5 Bridge Road, which both the Council and its tenant have no right of access to.


Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Wards Affected: Long Sutton;

Conflict of Interest: n/a

Dispensation Granted: n/a

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Informal consultation with the portfolio holder


Jason King - Assistant Director Housing
Christine Marshall - Deputy Chief Executive (Corporate Development) & S151
Samantha Knowles - Assistant Director – Finance

Contact: David Higgs, Technical Contracts Officer Email:

Publication date: 24/05/2023

Date of decision: 24/05/2023

Effective from: 02/06/2023

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