by Iain Roberts on 9 October, 2014
It’s very easy to say “something must be done about the Tatton” – anyone can do that. It’s a lot tougher to actually get something done, with the site being privately owned.
The Lib Dem team have been pursuing a twin-track strategy to getting the Tatton site developed. First, we’ve got the Council to start a Compulsory Purchase Order. It’s not instant and it’s not certain to succeed, but it gives us a really good chance of sorting out the site. Second, we remain open to the existing owners developing the site – as they’ve been saying they want to for the last two years. If they come forward with a plan, that would be great.
Here’s an update on the CPO:
Back in May I signed off the Development Brief for the site – that’s the document that goes out to developers and says “these are the sorts of things the Council would be happy to see on the site”, and I published it here a couple of weeks ago so everyone could take a look.
The site is currently being valued and land ownership confirmed.
There is a proper legal process we need to go through, and that takes time. It’s important we do it properly: if we try to cut corners, the owners can use that in court to stop the CPO going through and we’re back to square one.
We are currently on target to be handing the site over to a new developer before the end of 2015, or for the existing owners to come forward with a development plan before then. It’s not 100% certain, but we believe it gives us the best chance of sorting out the Tatton for good – something we all want.
So if other political parties say they’ve got a better plan, ask them what exactly it is – we don’t think there’s a better way and rather than just talking about it, the Lib Dems are doing it.13 Comments