Landowners around Long Stratton could be forced to sell their land for homes and bypass

Traffic heads through Long Stratton on the A140. Photograph Simon Parker Traffic heads through Long Stratton on the A140. Photograph Simon Parker

Dominic Bareham
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
3:31 PM

Landowners around Long Stratton could be forced to sell their land to enable 1,800 homes and a bypass to be built after a council cabinet agreed to new powers.

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South Norfolk Council’s cabinet approved plans to allow the council to use compulsory purchase orders (CPO) to buy land so the development could be completed in a “timely manner” and landowners would be prevented from “ransoming” each other.

Council leader John Fuller explained the powers would only be used as a last resort if the landowners “could not get themselves together” to agree over the sale of the land and the possibility of facing a CPO might encourage them to achieve this goal.

He added: “Members, this is not just an idle threat, this would be used if the landowners can not get themselves together.”

Earlier in the meeting, Tim Horspole, the council’s director of growth and localism, said there had been email exchanges between the council and landowners looking to sign agreements for the sale of land.

However, Mr Fuller warned the council had been in a similar position before with landowners, but the sale had not come to fruition.

The meeting also heard from the council’s solicitor Chris Skinner, who explained the legal criteria the council needed to meet when using CPOs, particularly that it was in the public interest and there was a strong case for making the order.

He added: “One hopes landowners will want to sort it themselves and it is good to hear collaboration and agreement for some of the landowners is in place and it is good that the council is allowing the landowners time to get their act together, but it is saying if you don’t get your act together, we are prepared to intervene.”

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  • Thanks for some of the background on this long prepared saga you call a scam, it does not surprise me at all. Further to the land deals and sales, the loss of earnings for bypassed shops, see Elveden, will be considerable as drivers might decide to frequent new businesses springing up next to the new bypass, I'm sure that our cllr.s have planned for these to emerge already. Extra traffic such as the burning of resources in Suffolk, will only help our Tory's to make this a lucrative return for the council at large. Don't worry, we will all pay for this horse trading.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

  • This linkage of the bypass to the 1800+ housing development is a complete scam. How have so many other towns and villages across Britain managed to construct bypasses without having to suffer such drastic measures? This is really just a con by the council to enrich landowners and property developers while at the same time expanding the council's tax base. Long Stratton will suffer a huge influx of traffic during construction phases and an enormous burden of pollution and further strain on already poor community services by the addition of 5000 to population (plus another 2000+ cars to our roads and requisite delivery and service vehicles coming into those new properties). If you really believe that this is simply a tradeoff of a much-needed bypass for a few houses, you will feel a fool when the real impacts of this fundamental change to our village life comes to pass... Fuller and the entire council need to declare their direct and indirect financial interests in the proposed housing development and land purchases.

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    chamberlain

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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