Neglected Land: How to Get Untidy Land Cleaned Up

What Is Neglected Land?

Neglected land can be defined as land that is intrinsically useful but due to neglect, has deteriorated and is now perceived to be abandoned, neglected and in its current state be even detrimental to its immediate environment.

This could be raw land that has not been cared for or previously developed land that is no longer attended to by the owner.

Who determines what is neglected land?

The government recognizes that the local community is the best authority to determine which land is neglected. So the emphasis has been on the local community to create task forces with the purpose of identifying neglected land and drawing up the rehabilitation plans as needed.

When did this clean up movement begin?

While the urge by many citizens to clean up their community has been ongoing for a long time, the movement started gaining momentum in 2004 when London was to make a bid for hosting the 2012 Olympics.

Now that London will definitely host the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, the cleaning up of neglected and untidy land is nearing fever pitch.

More and more communities are joining in and private companies and individuals are taking more active roles in their respective locations.

What are the current activities related to cleaning up untidy land?

The different boroughs and local towns have all drafted their own proposals regarding the restoration of neglected and untidy land. In as much as they are in the best position to determine the state of the property, it also follows that they would be in the best position to decide the correct approach.

More than just a reaction to the 2012 Olympics, the need to keep land in a town tidy and safe is now seen to be an essential part to ensuring the health and safety of its constituents.

As a result, most communities now recognize the need for them to play an active role in cleaning up their locale. This has created a substantial number of clean up, rehabilitation and tidying up activities that are spearheaded by both public and private initiative.

Ideally how will this clean up be done?

What will form the bulk of this initiative would be the determination of the citizens of UK to beautify their country in time for the 2012 Olympics. This determination is of an extraordinary character as shown during the Battle of Britain and other trials. And the government is counting on this character and determination to overcome the daunting obstacle that confronts those tasked with cleaning up the country in time.

Most of the individual cleanup programs rely on a proactive approach which will entail the government working hand in hand with the property owners and the citizens. This is of course ideal.

However, the government does have several powers at its disposal to ensure compliance and cooperation. The issue of rehabilitating untidy or neglected land is now recognized to be a key to ensuring the health and safety of a community.

What Will Be Done If The Land Owner Is Either Absent Or Unwilling To Cooperate With Cleaning Up Their Land?

While the best approach would still be one based on a mutually supportive one, the fact is there are cases where the land owner is nowhere to be found or unwilling to cooperate. In this case, the solutions revolve around the government taking on the rehabilitation and clean up by themselves. After this is done, they can either apply the expenses as fines or course them through the courts for a proper judicial alternative.

Should funds be insufficient for rehabilitation, other private companies in the area would be invited to participate in the rehabilitation and tidying up depending on the needs of the area concerned.

There are various factors that have to be considered and these are enumerated below. All of them must be taken into consideration prior to undertaking any project related to neglected or untidy land.


What Are The Factors To Consider When Determining The Proper Approach?


 If the land is owned by the government, that would make the tidying up procedure easier. If they are owned by developers or companies, they can be persuaded to play a significant role in rehabilitating their land. If this is owned by a private individual then it may be more difficult as the owner may be unavailable, unwilling or lacking the resources to undertake the necessary actions.


The location of the land plays a large role in determining both the approach and priority. A property that is immediately seen upon entering the town will receive higher priority and a different approach compared to one in the hinterlands.


The size of the property dictates the approaches that may be taken. Large properties may require more support from private entities while smaller properties may be taken on by the government alone.


This is of course the primary consideration. The cost as well as the benefits of rehabilitation must be balanced. All other factors in this list will ultimately dictate the cost figures.


Funds of all the agencies and people involved are limited. Consequently, there must be a clear set of priorities to determine which properties will be processed first. It can also dictate the marketing efforts in so far as enlisting the help of local industry is concerned.

Plans / Proposals

Most locations already have development plans. These can be drawn up by the government or created by local developers or the private property owner themselves. Moreover, there can be other interested parties aside from the owner that have their own proposals for the land. These become particularly important if the land owner is uncooperative as it may require strict and firm measure from the government which must be balanced out by a reasonable and fair development plan. The reason for this is to ensure that the fees or fines that may be charged against the owner would not be unreasonable.


The various flora and fauna that may be existing in an overgrown site may have a value all their own. This must be studied carefully before undertaking a major overhaul and clean up of the property.