|Location||Noak Hill, Romford, Essex|
|Client||Havering Council, Leisure Services|
Negotiating the surrender of agricultural land extending to 200 acres; obtaining planning consent for the change of use to public open space; increasing the size of the existing Dagnam Park to 345 acres for the benefit of the residents of Havering and surrounding boroughs
From the initial concept it was necessary to overcome a number of constraints, including the need to obtain planning consent to change the planning use of the site from agricultural land to public open space. There is a general prohibition against the loss of good quality agricultural land, so it was necessary to prove that that the land was of minimal value in terms of crop yield in order to satisfy the planning requirements. Specialists were called in to provide a report supporting the council’s contention. Once the planning issues had been resolved, there was a need to arrange for the surrender of the existing agricultural tenancy by agreement between the parties.
After detailed discussions, a mutually acceptable agreement was reached with the longstanding existing tenant and the aim of the project was achieved by the target deadline.