The Executive Director of Commercial and Corporate Services submitted a report that provided an update on the outcome of the public consultation exercise on the Purchaser's draft development proposals, and sought approval to either withdraw from, or to proceed with, the sale of the site in accordance with the report's recommendations.
The subject parcel of land was situated in Marton Manor within the Ladgate Ward, shown edged on the plan attached as Appendix 1 of the report.
On 26 January 2015 the Executive Sub Committee for Property approved a confidential report which proposed the sale of the subject parcel of land, subject to the outcome of a proposed public consultation exercise on the Purchaser's draft development proposals being reported back to the Sub Committee for consideration.
The formal consultation exercise ran from 25 June 2015 through to 24 July 2015. The report provided the statistical details of the exercise that had been undertaken. Whilst the outcome of the exercise showed a margin in favour of the development proposed, the level of objection to the proposal was significant in number.
The report provided details of the monitoring survey carried out with residents of Marton Manor which engaged and assessed the opinions of the local community. Whilst the Council's monitoring survey showed that the local community had actually been engaged in the exercise, the summary opinion generated did not accord with the outcome presented by the Purchaser's Planning Consultant - being strongly against the proposed development.
Mr K Blackburn handed a petition to the Chair on behalf of residents of Marton Manor who were against the Development at Lucerne Court.
Councillor June Goodchild handed to the Chair a petition signed by residents of Marton who were against the Development at Lucerne Court.
Mr C Snowden spoke on behalf of the residents who signed a petition in favour of the Development at Lucerne Court.
Following discussions Councillor Mike Carr requested that the Land at Lucerne Court be removed from the Non-Strategic Asset Review (NSAR) Programme, which was supported by all members of the Panel.
That the proposed sale due to the significant level of objection to the Purchaser's draft development proposals be withdrawn; and
That the Land at Lucerne Court be removed from the NSAR Programme.
The decision was supported by the following reasons:
That this would protect the Council from entering into a transaction to dispose of land for the purpose of delivering a retail development that is not publicly supported.