Decision due on sale of land

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SCARBOROUGH Council’s Cabinet is due to decide on whether the former Newby and Scalby Parish Council offices, as well as the surrounding land, should be sold.

The building is currently subject to a planning application to convert it for residential use and is currently going through the planning process.

The Cabinet is due to decide on the sale at a meeting next Tuesday and it is the responsibility of Cllr Mike Cockerill – the portfolio holder for harbours and land.

According to the report he will present to Cabinet the land has been identified as surplus to requirements and, if the move is not approved, it would mean the authority would continue to be responsible for its on-going repair and maintenance.

The report was written by Nicholas Edwards, the council’s head of finance and asset management, and in it he said that disposal of the land would generate cash for the authority as well as securing the regeneration of the building.

He added: “The sale will achieve budget savings for the council. The sale of a relatively small area of open space will enhance the locality and will not lead to a significant loss of open space.”

The council owns the freehold of the former offices in Scalby Road and they were last used by the parish council in April 2009 when they moved to the nearby parish hall.

The land lies within a much larger area of council owned land – which includes the parish hall, a tennis club and a bowls club.

According to Mr Edward’s report the building was offered for sale by tender with a closing date on March 31 this year.

He added: “The highest tenderer has made his offer on the basis the planning permission is obtained for conversion to residential and that an area of the adjoining open space is included for use as a garden.”

The proposed sale of the land was publicised with a notice at the site, and at the town hall, as well as two adverts in the Scarborough Evening News last month.

At the time the report was written no formal objections to the proposed sale of the open space was received – but it is understood that Newby and Scalby Parish Council has objected to the proposed change of use to residential because it will not bring extra jobs to the area.

If the move is approved by Cabinet on Tuesday then it is expected that the planning decision will be taken on Thursday, July 28 – with the completion of the sale six months later if the planning decision is approved.