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Send Hill Disused Sandpit

Meeting: 05/01/2023 - Executive (Item 71)

71 Send Hill Disused Sandpit - Supplementary Estimate - Stage 2 (invasive) contamination survey pdf icon PDF 82 KB

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Decision:

Decision:

That a supplementary estimate of £25,000 be approved from the Budget Pressures Reserve, for the purpose of commissioning a Stage 2 (invasive) contamination land survey at the Send Hill Disused Sandpit.

Reasons:

1.    To inform a more accurate valuation of the land and generate a more detailed picture of the types of waste present.

2.     The land may be heavily contaminated and does not support service delivery.

Other options considered and rejected by the Executive:

Do nothing – The Executive could have decided on the disposal of the land without the survey and associated cost. There was a risk of possible future claims against the Council if contaminants escaped the bounds of the site. In addition, the Council would have to comply with the Occupiers Liability Act 1984.

Details of any conflict of interest declared by the Leader or lead councillors and any dispensation granted:

None.

Minutes:

The land west of Winds Ridge, Send Hill, known as Send Hill Disused Sandpit, was a former landfill site.  The asset had been transferred to the Council in the 1980s and was currently used as amenity land for the purposes of public recreation.  It was allocated in the Local Plan as a site for housing development. If the site were to be developed, it was anticipated that a significant amount of remediation work may need to be undertaken. To inform the Executive’s decision on whether to dispose of the asset it was proposed that a supplementary estimate of £25,000 be approved to pay for a Stage 2 (invasive) contamination survey. 

With the knowledge gained from the results of the survey, the Council could obtain a more informed residual land valuation with which to advertise the sale of land on the open market and thereby obtain best consideration with risks and opportunities being made explicit.  The risks and potential gains from both options were set out in the report. 

The Executive considered there was a duty of care upon the Council to fully understand the nature of the deposits on the site. In addition, the estimate for the work acquired through the tendering process was competitive.

Consequently, the Executive,

RESOLVED:

That a supplementary estimate of £25,000 be approved from the Budget Pressures Reserve, for the purpose of commissioning a Stage 2 (invasive) contamination land survey at the Send Hill Disused Sandpit.

Reasons:

1.    To inform a more accurate valuation of the land and generate a more detailed picture of the types of waste present.

2.     The land may be heavily contaminated and does not support service delivery.