Council to profit from lease purchase

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A £3.5million property deal has been struck to generate money for public services.

The lease for the site in Toddington Drive, Debden, currently occupied by Sainsbury’s and a BP petrol station, is set to be purchased by Epping Forest District Council.

Company Stobarts has agreed to finalise the deal once Sainsbury’s has confirmed its store and a car park will be refurbished.

The council is expected to receive annual rental income of £224,424.

A spokesman said: “It is a far better investment than putting the money in a bank.”

“It will also give the council greater control of the future redevelopment of The Broadway as the council will be dealing directly with Sainsbury’s rather than a middle man.”

However, Loughton Broadway councillor, Leon Girling, is concerned by Tuesday’s decision.

The council recently approved the controversial demolition of the Sir Winston Churchill pub opposite the Sainsbury’s site to make way for flats.

Cllr Girling said: “My concern is that following the decision to allow the 64-flat development on the Winston Churchill site, it could happen again on the other side of the road.

"The council didn't listen to residents on that decision and this will make it easier for the council to push through the decisions it wants in Torrington Drive.”

Anne Grigg, portfolio holder for asset management and economic development, said: “The rental income is very good for the council and Sainsbury’s and the petrol station will not be bought out of their leases.

“There are no plans to redevelop the site and the agreement will be in place for at least 15 years.”

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6:18am Tue 24 Dec 13

pan says...

The councillor claims to have listened to his residents and opposed the Churchill but his actual sentiment was for the developers to maybe make it a little bit smaller.

Compromise isn't opposition.
The councillor claims to have listened to his residents and opposed the Churchill but his actual sentiment was for the developers to maybe make it a little bit smaller. Compromise isn't opposition. pan

8:37am Tue 24 Dec 13

Sassygirl77 says...

Since the brewery was going to sell the land anyway, the Cllr had no choice but to support a much smaller development.... Please get your facts right!
Since the brewery was going to sell the land anyway, the Cllr had no choice but to support a much smaller development.... Please get your facts right! Sassygirl77

8:38am Tue 24 Dec 13

Cllr Leon Girling says...

Dear Pan
Thank you for commenting on the above story.

To clarify, I said during the EFDC meeting that the council owns all the land surrounding the churchill site, which is greatly under used. This, whether us residents like it or not is fact. The council will only end up building on our much loved green spaces if they can not use under used brown field sites.

I have worked very hard in the last 8 weeks to inform residents of the Winston Churchill Planning application. I have attended and spoke in defence of the pub at meetings; and worked closely with the press and management of the pub. I am more than happy (as are many residents and the management of the pub) that I have done all I can in defending a treasured landmark and can confidently say I have been the most proactive Cllr in this matter. The pub management, the journalist reporting on the pub and residents living around the most affected area support my efforts.

Unfortunately during that time the brewery made it crystal clear to the management of the pub and I that they wish to sell of the land to developers to maximise their profits. That is they only reason at the final meeting at EFDC I supported some kind of development.

I hope 'Pan' you attended the Loughton Town Council Planning and Licensing meeting in November and the EFDC District Development Control meeting in December, which I heavily advertised via a flyer through residents doors. If you attended the Town Council meeting you would have heard exactly how I felt about the matter and my questioning why the developers didn't consider a development which kept the pub as part of the new build, like many areas of Docklands have done.

When the brewery do all they can to sell off the pub, a compromise on the size of development planned is the only choice left, when you're trying to support local residents wishes over the height and size of development.

Cllr Grigg has also said that the Sainsbury's and BP Garage site will not be affected for at least the next 15 years. Members of the District Development Committee that based their decision on making a 'gateway' for The Broadway should not have approved the pub development based on her comment.

The three overarching factors regarding the pub was that Cllr's that knew very little if anything about our area voted on the future of the pub site and some Cllrs MAY have been swayed by the behaviour by a few individuals in the Gallery at the meeting. If the application came before the local planning committee where local Cllrs make local decisions we may have had a different outcome.

However, I do appreciate that some individuals will use this very sad news and loss of much loved landmark in the area to politically point score. Its a very sad day for our area.

Cllr Leon Girling
Dear Pan Thank you for commenting on the above story. To clarify, I said during the EFDC meeting that the council owns all the land surrounding the churchill site, which is greatly under used. This, whether us residents like it or not is fact. The council will only end up building on our much loved green spaces if they can not use under used brown field sites. I have worked very hard in the last 8 weeks to inform residents of the Winston Churchill Planning application. I have attended and spoke in defence of the pub at meetings; and worked closely with the press and management of the pub. I am more than happy (as are many residents and the management of the pub) that I have done all I can in defending a treasured landmark and can confidently say I have been the most proactive Cllr in this matter. The pub management, the journalist reporting on the pub and residents living around the most affected area support my efforts. Unfortunately during that time the brewery made it crystal clear to the management of the pub and I that they wish to sell of the land to developers to maximise their profits. That is they only reason at the final meeting at EFDC I supported some kind of development. I hope 'Pan' you attended the Loughton Town Council Planning and Licensing meeting in November and the EFDC District Development Control meeting in December, which I heavily advertised via a flyer through residents doors. If you attended the Town Council meeting you would have heard exactly how I felt about the matter and my questioning why the developers didn't consider a development which kept the pub as part of the new build, like many areas of Docklands have done. When the brewery do all they can to sell off the pub, a compromise on the size of development planned is the only choice left, when you're trying to support local residents wishes over the height and size of development. Cllr Grigg has also said that the Sainsbury's and BP Garage site will not be affected for at least the next 15 years. Members of the District Development Committee that based their decision on making a 'gateway' for The Broadway should not have approved the pub development based on her comment. The three overarching factors regarding the pub was that Cllr's that knew very little if anything about our area voted on the future of the pub site and some Cllrs MAY have been swayed by the behaviour by a few individuals in the Gallery at the meeting. If the application came before the local planning committee where local Cllrs make local decisions we may have had a different outcome. However, I do appreciate that some individuals will use this very sad news and loss of much loved landmark in the area to politically point score. Its a very sad day for our area. Cllr Leon Girling Cllr Leon Girling

12:30pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Anna.jones90 says...

What is the point of having a council if it doesn't listen to the views of the public whom decisions like this affects? I worry that the council will take this opportunity to further ignore the people of Debden.

I can vouch that Cllr Girling has bent over backwards trying to raise awareness of the issues surrounding the pub and whilst the outcome is less than satisfactory this cannot be in anyway blamed on the only counsellor vocal enough to put across the voice of the Debden consensus!

It frustrates me that the people who whinge and moan are the people with such important views that they can criticise when it is too late but not vocal enough to put their feelings across when it matters...before the decision has been made!

Whilst it angers me that the council have decided not to listen to our views and have decided to build what can only be described as a monstrosity I am hardly surprised - when only a minority of people put their views to the council in time for them to be heard.
What is the point of having a council if it doesn't listen to the views of the public whom decisions like this affects? I worry that the council will take this opportunity to further ignore the people of Debden. I can vouch that Cllr Girling has bent over backwards trying to raise awareness of the issues surrounding the pub and whilst the outcome is less than satisfactory this cannot be in anyway blamed on the only counsellor vocal enough to put across the voice of the Debden consensus! It frustrates me that the people who whinge and moan are the people with such important views that they can criticise when it is too late but not vocal enough to put their feelings across when it matters...before the decision has been made! Whilst it angers me that the council have decided not to listen to our views and have decided to build what can only be described as a monstrosity I am hardly surprised - when only a minority of people put their views to the council in time for them to be heard. Anna.jones90

1:31pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Cllr Leon Girling says...

Thank you 'Anna.Jones90' for understanding the situation.

I agree, when I had leaflet dropped over 900+ households to inform them of the planning application, only approximately 50 households responded.

Its a shame.
Thank you 'Anna.Jones90' for understanding the situation. I agree, when I had leaflet dropped over 900+ households to inform them of the planning application, only approximately 50 households responded. Its a shame. Cllr Leon Girling

1:59pm Fri 3 Jan 14

gillman1998 says...

As a local resident, albeit of Alderton ward, I find that Leon Girling is the only councillor of any persuasion who keeps people informed of local developments. His Facebook and Twitter pages are extremely useful as is his personal website. I wish these approaches were obligatory for all representatives. More power to him.
As a local resident, albeit of Alderton ward, I find that Leon Girling is the only councillor of any persuasion who keeps people informed of local developments. His Facebook and Twitter pages are extremely useful as is his personal website. I wish these approaches were obligatory for all representatives. More power to him. gillman1998

10:35pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Cllr Leon Girling says...

Thank you gillman1998
Thank you gillman1998 Cllr Leon Girling

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