Decision details

The proposed disposal of four sites to accelerate the provision of affordable homes in the city

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To consider the report of the Leader of the Council seeking authorisation for the disposal of four sites to accelerate the provision of affordable homes in the city.


(i)  To approve the disposals of the following sites

  former Brownhill House Care Home

  former Lordshill Housing Office

  former Lordshill Community Centre

  former Oaklands Community School

  On a leasehold or freehold basis at less than Best Consideration where appropriate and that the disposals will contribute to the promotion or improvement of the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the area. 

(ii)  To delegate authority to the Associate Director – Capital Assets following consultation with the Leader of the Council, the Service Director Finance and Commercialisation and the Service Director Legal and Governance to agree detailed terms and conditions and to take any other actions required to give effect to this decision.

Reasons for the decision:

To facilitate the development of new homes in the city.

Alternative options considered:

1.  Do nothing, this would leave these sites undeveloped and incurring cost to the authority in relation to security and maintenance.

2.  Market these sites to private developers which would (if attractive) result in proposals that would only be required to be policy compliant in terms of affordable housing provision (35%).  Ultimately affordable housing may also still not be provided if the inclusion were to undermine the financial viability of the scheme.

Report author: Tina Dyer-Slade

Publication date: 20/03/2018

Date of decision: 20/03/2018

Decided at meeting: 20/03/2018 - Cabinet

Effective from: 29/03/2018

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