Scrutiny committee criticised failures of Borough Council over green space sell offs.

The task and finished group of the scrutiny committee into the 'Newcastle Development Programme' identified failures to consult the public and fully assess the validity of the seven sites planned to be sold for development.

On the final scrutiny committee meeting on 20 July 2011, The chairman Cllr Loades made around ten recommendations to Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council to be considered at full Council. These recommendations are summarised as follows:

1. To clarify and continue to monitor the new housing requirement in the borough.

2. To bring up-to-date the Green Space Strategy

3. to develop a complete comprehensive asset disposal strategy including all Greenfield, Brownfield and council owned building assets in the borough

4. To integrate the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment with the above strategy.

5. To carry out a detailed assessment before any in principle decision to dispose of council assets.

6. To then carry out a robust public consultation to a wider area than just the adjacent residents.

7. To submit a full report to Council and to Cabinet before any decision to dispose of land is made.

8. To accept that the council failed to consult the public and failed to properly  assess the validity of the seven sites identified in the Newcastle Development Plan .

9. That the disposal of the seven sites not be progressed further and instead be brought into the above process

10. that member training be carried out for the above.

The full report on the above recommendations will be considered by full Council on 27 July 2011 at 7 PM.