Consideration was given to the report of the
Executive Director – Commercialisation (S151) which provided
an update on untidy sites within the district.
The Communities Manager highlighted the
- Where a site was in a poor
condition, and its condition adversely affected the amenity of the
area, Section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 gave
the power to local authorities to take steps to require that the
land and buildings be tidied. A notice
could be served on the owner, which set out steps that were
required to be taken, and the time in which these steps must be
- Local Authorities also had the
powers under this act to undertake clean-up work themselves and
recover the costs from the landowner.
- Planning Permission had been granted
for a majority of the sites listed in the appendix, but the
developers had not implemented the permissions for various
- A Commercial Derelict Buildings and
Disused and Derelict Land Enforcement Policy was being drafted to
Consistency across departments when responding to
complaints relating to derelict buildings, disused and derelict
- To ensure all contact was recorded
on a centralised database
- To ensure a co-ordinated response to
- To allow enforcement action to
quickly be identified
- To notify external agencies
- To keep Ward Members updated.
- The draft Policy had been circulated
to relevant teams within the Council and would be scrutinised by
the Policy Development Panel in due course.
The Panel considered the report, and the
following issues were raised:
- Members raised concern that schemes
for redevelopment of the sites that had gone through the planning
process were then declared not viable, and redevelopment had
therefore not taken place.
- Members questioned how the
Council could break the cycle of untidy sites not being redeveloped
and what work was being undertaken to address this.
- Officers agreed that a working group
would be set up involving officers and 2 members of the Panel, and
the work of this group would be reported to the Panel at a later
- Members enquired as to why the sites
listed within the appendix were not being compulsory purchased by
- Officers responded that powers were
available to the Council to compulsory purchase properties, but
this required the Secretary of State’s approval and a
well-developed scheme to be in place.
- Members were concerned that some
schemes for these sites that would be put in place could render the
- Members questioned whether a
multi-agency group could be set up to help redevelop some of the
sites and a strategy put in place for redeveloping them.
- Members asked whether the Council
could engage with local developers to encourage strategies to be
developed for these sites.
That the report be noted.