by Iain Roberts on 14 January, 2015
Dickens Property Group, owners of the Tatton, have told the Lib Dem team they are bringing forward new plans to develop the site. We don’t currently have details of their proposals, but initial discussions have taken place between the architects working for Dickens and the Council’s planning team.
We are giving the news a cautious welcome. We’ve long said that our objective is to get sensible development on this privately-owned site, either by the current owners or someone else.
However, we have been here before and we’re taking nothing for granted. We’re concerned that this may end up being a tactic to stall the Compulsory Purchase Order and, though Dickens have assured us that is not the case and that this is a genuine development with other companies signed up to the plan, we will see.
Separate to that, the Council will continue to pursue the Compulsory Purchase Order, which we hope will result in the site being bought for its current market value and sold onto a new developer around the end of 2015. That process does take time and there is no certainty of success (the final decision is not made by the Council or the councillors) but we believe it has a good chance of delivering a result if Dickens don’t carry through their development.
At the request of Gatley Village Partnership, Iain invited George Perrin – one of the council officers with responsibility for the CPO process on the Tatton to the GVP meeting on 13th January to answer questions about the Tatton and the CPO and we had a lively discussion.
As we’ve found in the past, it’s very easy for political parties to say “something must be done” and pretend there’s some easy answer to sort it out overnight, but it’s the Lib Dems who not only get things done but stay the course to see them through.