The Strategic Director for Finance, Governance and Support submitted a report to consider the proposal to dispose of the Councils freehold interest in land at Hemlington Lane, and sought approval to proceed with the sale of the premises in accordance with the reports recommendations.
The report stated that the site was situated on the junction of Hemlington Lane and Ladgate Lane, and within a primarily residential area of the town.
Shown edged on the plan attached to the report, the subject property comprises a vacant residential development site of @ 2.96 Acres [1.19 Ha] with an access on Hemlington Lane and significant frontage to Ladgate Lane.
The site was undulating in terms of its topography, and has areas of mature and semi-mature trees to both its boundaries with Ladgate Lane to the north, and the A174 to the south.
It was stated that the site was previously held and used as farmland prior to its acquisition under CPO powers in 1970, for the purpose of constructing the A174 Parkway. Following the construction of the A174 Parkway in 1974, the land was subject to a tree planting scheme and has subsequently been owned by Middlesbrough Council up to the present day. The subject site had the benefit of an outline planning consent for residential development and includes an area of public highway that requires stopping up.
Having been deemed by the Council to be surplus to operational requirements, the subject parcel of land was advertised for sale on the open market for a period of 7 weeks during the months of June & July 2017, via national, regional, local and digital media. A total of 4 tenders were submitted by 3 different bidders in response to the Councils marketing exercise.
There were 3 options avaialble, details of which were outlined in the report.
To proceed with the disposal of the subject property to Bidder A as detailed in Part B of this Report.
The decison was supported by the following reason:
This would result in the disposal of a surplus property in return for a capital receipt to the Council and assist in the regeneration and enhancement of the local area.