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Asset Management

The Asset Management team works to ensure the value of the Council’s assets is maximised, including dealing with land purchase requests.

The team deal with requests to devolve assets, ensure our valuations take place as required and as well as dealing with enquiries, disputes, and requests from residents in relation to existing property agreements. The team also support the Housing Department through the provision of surveying expertise.

Community Asset Transfer Toggle accordion

This is the process by which qualifying groups can apply to the Council to have Council-owned assets devolved to them for the day-to-day running and future investment.

Additional guidance on this can be found here.

Land Purchase Applications Toggle accordion

The Council will consider selling small plots of land adjacent to residential homes.

For more details, please email: estates@stalbans.gov.uk

Access to council-owned land Toggle accordion

Where access is required to or across Council-owned land to complete works to either your property or on Council-owned land adjacent to your property, you will require permission from the Council to do so and will usually be asked to enter into a Licence agreement with the Council.

 

Types of work that this applies to are:

 

Work to trees within your property that require access to Council-land in order that they can be completed safely and/or efficiently.

  1. Work to trees on Council-owned land that require access to Council-land in order that they can be completed safely and/or efficiently.
  2. Work to boundaries that requires access onto Council-owned land.
  3. Erection of scaffolding or other access equipment on Council-owned land to facilitate works on adjoining property
  4. Crossing of Council-owned land to access garages or parking spaces at the rear of adjoining residential premises.

 

If you wish to discuss any requirement to access Council-owned land then please e-mail: estates@stalbans.gov.ukproviding detail of the request.

Restrictive covenant relaxation Toggle accordion

It is common that former Council-owned properties will contain restrictive covenants in their transfer, agreed at the time of sale, which are used to protect the remainder of the Council-owned housing in the area.

Common restrictive covenants that were agreed are:

  1. Restriction of single-dwelling to be erected on transferred land
  2. Requirement to obtain permission for alterations to existing building and/or erection of buildings in garden areas
  3. Requirement to obtain permission to undertake tree-work on existing trees on transferred land.

You will be able to find the details of any restriction covenants in your title documents, if you require any assistance in understanding these documents you will need to discuss with your own legal advisor as the Council are unable to assist in this area.

If you would like to discuss the potential for releasing any restrictive covenants further please e-mail:estates@stalbans.gov.uk with as much detail as possible. You will then be advised on each matter further.  

Report a problem with open spaces Toggle accordion

Open spaces are managed by our Green Spaces department, to report any problem with open spaces please provide details using the following service: Grounds Maintenance.