Council ponders land takeover for allotments
PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 September 2011
WESTON Town Council may bid to take over a controversial patch of land currently earmarked for housing.
Councillors want to explore the possibility of using the land to the east of Wellsea Grove for allotments, as there is now a list of around 300 people waiting for plots in the town.
Although the land was previously used for allotments, permission to build 41 properties was given to applicant Michael Charalambous four years ago, despite the concerns of residents from nearby Wellsea Grove who are still fighting the proposal.
But councillors at the authority’s policy and finance committee are keen to talk to Mr Charalambous about using it instead for the use of allotments, with those on the allotment waiting list currently having a wait of up to two years to get a plot.
Cllr Richard Tucker said: “It seems a logical convergence to consider what application we may be able to make to the developer with regards to this site, as there is a real need for allotments in the town, and there are concerns over this site.”
With the housing application on hold with a site meeting due to take place to address residents’ and councillors’ concerns, the town council will also look into whether the land is still designated for use as allotments.