Issue details

Acquisition of General Fund Land and/or Buildings at Land at Hurst Farm North of Hazelbank Eashing Lane, Godalming, GU8 5EP

To approve the purchase of Land at Hurst Farm, North of Hazelbank, Eashing Lane, Godalming, GU8 5EP, (approximately 4.5 hectares) in line with the following terms and conditions:

The land will be purchased to utilise as a SANG in line with Guildford Borough Council’s Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area Avoidance Strategy 2017 and Committee Report 22 June 2021: which makes the principle clear that the Council can take on private SANG and sees this as the preferred option. The current owners of the land and applicants for the change of use to facilitate SANG have made clear their intention to hand the SANG to the Council.

The current owners have offered the Council the site for a peppercorn rate £1 and will also provide a contribution of £1,297,529.20 to cover costs to maintain the land in perpetuity. These costs have been checked in line with HM Treasury guidance and further to this up-to-date market forecasts provided by Guildford Borough Council Finance team. As assessed the sum sufficiently covers anticipated costs in perpetuity.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £200,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: Pilgrims;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 10/01/2023

Decision due: 7 Feb 2023 by Joint Strategic Director - Place

Lead member: Lead Councillor for Finance and Property

Lead director: Joint Strategic Director - Place

Contact: Mark Appleton Email: mark.appleton@guildford.gov.uk.

Authority / Delegation: Council’s 12/10/2022 Constitution Part 3, Page 3-78 Para 1 Strategic Director In consultation with the Executive Head: Assets and Property, the Joint Section 151 Officer, and the relevant Lead Councillor with portfolio responsibility for finance and asset management, to approve strategic and/or operational property acquisitions within the set parameters of the Strategic Property Acquisition Procedure.