Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill or Artificial state manipulation of free market rent?10:34 AM, 6th November 2020
About 4 weeks ago 36
A planning application exists for a house on an awkward shaped plot left vacant when the estate was built in 1995. Of more concern to residents is that the applicant has also apparently bought surrounding streets, their pavements and a couple of footpaths, as well as another left-over plot big enough for a couple of houses which has no road access.
A local Councillor is involved. The streets etc. were apparently adopted by the Council as one would expect. We look forward to some actual facts from the Council (Brighton & Hove) but in the meantime, can individuals buy parts of the public highway, and what might the buyers business plan be, as one assumes she would need to cover her outlay?
Might the developer have only sold the two plots on condition that the buyer also took over liability for the streets etc.?
Might this change the current responsibility of the Council to maintain them?
A map showing roads purchased is on page 7 of this Design/Access Statement from the architect. He confirmed to me that the streets have actually been bought.
Some comms. amongst Council staff are to be found in one of the public documents:-
I wondered whether anyone had any experience of this sort of situation, and appreciate your taking the time to look at the two links.
Regards – Gunga Din
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