Decision details

Old River Lane and Northgate End Land Assembly

Decision Maker: Council

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


Councillor G Williamson left the Chamber for this item, having declared a pecuniary interest.


The Leader submitted a report setting out the case for the acquisition of land at Northgate End, Bishop’s Stortford, as part of the delivery of the Old River Lane scheme. 


Councillor L Haysey said the acquisition of the land would enable a fantastic scheme to move forward, as this plot was an essential part of the development.  It was pleasing that there had been a positive outcome to the Old River Lane judicial review.  She trusted Members would be delighted by this good news.  With Members’ approval of the recommendation to acquire this plot from Hertfordshire County Council, the project could start moving ahead.  She moved the recommendations as detailed in the report. 


Councillor K Crofton seconded the motion. 


Councillor M Goldspink said she could not support the recommendations.  She considered it was wrong to purchase land which at the moment was used for the benefit of young people, as the Council should do all it could to encourage the provision of community facilities for this age group. 


Councillor L Haysey said such facilities were not being reduced through approval of this scheme. 


The motion being put to the meeting and a vote taken, it was declared CARRIED.


RESOLVED – that (A) a section of the land currently in the ownership of Hertfordshire County Council at Northgate End, Bishop’s Stortford be purchased in line with the valuation presented in the exempt Essential Reference Paper B, in pursuance of delivery of the Old River Lane scheme; and


(B) authorisation be delegated to the Head of Legal and Democratic Services to make all necessary arrangements to complete the purchase of the land at Northgate End, Bishop’s Stortford.


Report author: Isabel Brittain

Publication date: 15/01/2020

Date of decision: 18/12/2019

Decided at meeting: 18/12/2019 - Council

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