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Gleathorpe Cottages

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many commercial valuations his Department has made of Gleathorpe Cottages, Meden Vale, Nottinghamshire in 2007. (167689)

[holding answer 26 November 2007]: The Department has instructed only one firm of residential surveyors to value the residential properties at the former ADAS Farm, Gleadthorpe for the purposes of calculating offers to the tenants under the right to buy. I understand that ADAS may have instructed three firms of surveyors to provide valuations for their own purposes.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons 30 November has been set as the deadline for the sale of Gleathorpe Cottages, Meden Vale, Nottinghamshire. (167690)

[holding answer 26 November 2007]: The Department has not set a deadline for the sale of the cottages. ‘Right-to-buy’ offers have been made to 13 of the 15 tenants providing the opportunity to acquire the property they occupy at the maximum discount available under the ‘right-to-buy’ provisions. The Department has asked that the tenants respond by 30 November indicating whether they wish to take up the offer to buy under the ‘right-to-buy’ provisions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average length of occupancy is of former ADAS Consulting Ltd. workers resident in Gleathorpe Cottages, Meden Vale, Nottinghamshire. (167691)

[holding answer 26 November 2007]: The Department is not in receipt of the full tenancy history of the cottages at Gleadthorpe because the occupational arrangements have been created over time by ADAS and its predecessor agency. The Department has been able to ascertain from the available records that the average occupation for the known tenancies is 20 years and that 13 of the 15 residential tenants have been in occupation in excess of 10 years.