Agenda, decisions and minutes

Cabinet
Tuesday 3 December 2019 9.30 am

Venue: The Assembly Room - The Council House (Chichester City Council), North Street, Chichester. View directions

Contact: Democratic Services  Email:  democraticservices@chichester.gov.uk

Note: Please note this meeting will take place in the Assembly Rooms at Chichester City Council 

Items
No. Item

71.

Chairman's Announcements

The Chairman will make any specific announcements for this meeting and advise of any late items which due to special circumstances will be given urgent consideration under agenda item 10 b).

Minutes:

Mrs Lintill greeted Chichester District Council (CDC) members and officers and the two representatives who were present for this meeting.

 

The emergency evacuation procedure for Chichester City Council was read out.

 

There were no apologies for absence.

72.

Approval of Minutes pdf icon PDF 126 KB

The Cabinet is requested to approve as a correct record the minutes of its meeting on Tuesday 5 November 2019.

Minutes:

The Cabinet received the minutes of the meeting held on 5 November 2019 which had been circulated with the agenda.

 

There were no proposed changes to the minutes.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 5 November 2019 be approved.

73.

Declarations of Interests

Members are requested to make any declarations of disclosable pecuniary, personal and/or prejudicial interests they might have in respect of matters on the agenda for this meeting.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

74.

Public Question Time

In accordance with Chichester District Council’s scheme for public question time as amended by Full Council on 24 September 2019 the Cabinet will receive any questions which have been submitted by members of the public in writing by noon two working days before the meeting. Each questioner will be given up to three minutes to ask their question. The total time allocated for public question time is 15 minutes subject to the Chairman’s discretion to extend that period.

Minutes:

The following public questions were received. The responses are indicated in italics below.

 

Mr Dicker asked the following questions:

 

1. Under issues raised no comment is made about the quality of the consultation document and in particular the different standards for assessing land suitability for the development including proximity to SDNP and Harbour boundaries how many comments were made and what are the council doing to address these valid concerns.

 

2. In light of the changes to national planning and policy how will the changes be reflected in the plan prior to the next round of consultation and specifically:

 

“This guidance, along with other Government initiatives such as the emerging National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England will need to be reflected as appropriate in the ongoing technical work for the Local Plan Review.”

 

3. Can the council please explain why the housing numbers have increased in line with this comment?

 

The first new option (Option 1B) was developed from the Preferred Approach Option 1A, but sought to maximise numbers at the locations East of Chichester and South West of Chichester. With a small increase in the Parish numbers, this leads to an increase in housing provision from 4,900 to 5,625 (c.700 dpa).

 

4. Why is there no identifiable option that looks at land around Goodwood for both employment and residential space?  Yet later in the document it states that further investigation is required around employment space near Goodwood. 

 

5. When will this council make a decision on the unmet housing need from the SDNP?

 

6. The Peter Brett Report is very detailed.  From a scanned reading prior to the submission of questions I can see no mention of the modelling and policy excluding the link road that Councillor Taylor stated would be undertaken.  Where is this in the PB report or when will it be conducted if it is not in the report.

 

Mrs Taylor provided the following responses:

 

Thank you for your questions.  Answering each in turn –

 

1.    The list in section 8 of the report, of significant issues is not intended to be exhaustive and members are asked to consider the full range of responses.  Section 5 of the report outlines the consultation process, and section 6 of the report reflects on the consultation process and how it may be improved.  With regards to the assessment of the suitability of land for development, the covering report highlights that further consideration will be given to landscape capacity and proximity to the sensitive environment of the AONB and confirms that the availability of suitable sites will be reviewed in an update of the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment.

 

2.    Any changes in government policy will be reflected upon and where necessary the plan updated.  The government has stated that the National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England will be published in 2020 and members will be updated accordingly. 

 

3.    In line with national planning policy, the plan should be informed  ...  view the full minutes text for item 74.

75.

Extending Ultrafast Public Connectivity pdf icon PDF 73 KB

The Cabinet is requested to consider the agenda report and make the following resolutions and recommendation to Council:

 

1.    That the Cabinet resolves to enter into an agreement with Cityfibre for an extension of the Council’s full fibre connectivity using the West Sussex County Council’s framework using the seven year revenue model.

 

2.    That the Cabinet delegates authority to the Director of Corporate Services and the Cabinet Member for Corporate Services the final approval of sites and contract detail.

 

3.    That Cabinet recommends to Council to underwrite the cost of the contract and that any costs not met by the Business Rates Pool for 2019/20 up to a maximum of £743,000 over a seven year period starting no earlier than 2021.

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

1.    That the Cabinet resolves to enter into an agreement with Cityfibre for an extension of the Council’s full fibre connectivity using the West Sussex County Council’s framework using the seven year revenue model.

2.    That the Cabinet delegates authority to the Director of Corporate Services and the Cabinet Member for Corporate Services the final approval of sites and contract detail.

 

RECOMMENDATION TO COUNCIL

 

That Cabinet recommends to Council to underwrite the cost of the contract and  that any costs not met by the Business Rates Pool for 2019/20 up to a maximum of £743,000 over a seven year period starting no earlier than 2021.

Minutes:

Mr Wilding introduced the item. He explained that in 2017 the council signed up to a countywide Gigabit project. Part of the project was an award to West Sussex County Council (WSCC) of a government grant funded contract to create a fibre network connection for public sector sites across the county. Cityfibre won the contract and the project is now in the final stages. He explained that the council now has an opportunity to use the cool off arrangement to connect a further 50 council assets in Chichester city such as Westward House, Westgate centre and offices. The project requires new fibre infrastructure installation across the city but in turn will provide ultrafast connectivity to the council’s assets and increase fibre and digital infrastructure across the city, benefitting the local community and the local economy. The cost of the project is estimated at £743,000 over seven years and is likely to be met from the West Sussex Business Rates Retention Pool.

 

Mr Wilding confirmed that there is also a project relating to better connectivity in the rural areas.

 

Mr Mildred added that the project is part of the programme of countywide projects which tie in to the national agenda for digital infrastructure. He explained that it puts the council at the forefront of the benefits on offer. A member briefing will be arranged next year.

 

Mrs Sharp was invited to ask her pre-submitted question as follows:

 

I understand that the Extending Ultrafast Public Connectivity report Item 5 on the agenda that this item doesn’t involve 5G. However could I ask the Cabinet Members (Martyn Bell – Place and Penny Plant  - Environment)

 

A)   If you could, if possible work with Peter Wilding (Corporate Services) to link in the digging up the road issue with the Vision project to revamp our city pavements and possibly with tree planting works

We don’t yet as a County have a “Dig Once” policy but if we could work together to bring some co-benefits to Chichester residents this might make residents happier about the inconvenience of the digging works although we probably all agree on the society benefits that better connectivity can bring

B)   Could I ask Cabinet Members to share your personal views on the precautionary principle and 5G and trees

 

I know that you might say 5G doesn’t need to be discussed under this Agenda item but this project doesn’t preclude the coming of 5 G and residents’ concerns are very real especially for those who have health issues linked to Wi-Fi etc so some reassurance from Cabinet members that they are looking into these issues would be a comfort.

 

Mr Wilding provided the following response:

 

With regards to the first part of your question the Council is represented on a Countywide group that is coordinating the approach to Digital Infrastructure, one key work stream of that group is developing a ‘Dig Once’ approach. Whilst the County Council will need to lead this as they grant the licences for digging roads we will  ...  view the full minutes text for item 75.

76.

Local Plan Review - Responses to Preferred Approach Consultation and Way Forward pdf icon PDF 156 KB

The Cabinet is requested to consider the agenda report and its appendices and make the following recommendations to the Council:

 

1.    That:

a.    the Summary of Representations included as Appendix 1 to this report is noted.

b.    the proposed Council responses to the representations set out in that document are agreed, and

c.    the Director of Planning and the Environment be authorised, following consultation with the Cabinet Member for Planning Services, to make minor amendments to the Summary of Representations and Responses prior to its publication.

2.    That the issues raised in the Summary of Representations document and the other relevant issues summarised in section 9 of this report are noted as key considerations for the ongoing production of the Local Plan.

3.    That the programme of further technical work set out in section 11 of this report is endorsed.

4.    That the implications for the distribution of development set out in section 12 of this report are endorsed, subject to further technical work and testing through Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment being completed.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE COUNCIL

 

1.    That:

a.    the Summary of Representations included as Appendix 1 to this report is noted.

b.    the proposed Council responses to the representations set out in that document are agreed, and

c.    the Director of Planning and the Environment be authorised, following consultation with the Cabinet Member for Planning Services, to make minor amendments to the Summary of Representations and Responses and supplementary material prior to its publication.

d.    That the issues raised in the Summary of Representations document and the other relevant issues summarised in section 9 of the report are noted as key considerations for the ongoing production of the Local Plan.

2.    That the programme of further technical work set out in section 11 of this report is endorsed.

3.    That the implications for the distribution of development set out in section 12 of this report are endorsed, subject to further technical work and testing through Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment being completed.

Minutes:

Mrs Taylor introduced the item. She explained that a consultation of the Local Plan Review took place over an eight week period from 30 December 2018 until 2 February 2019. A total of 3200 representations were received from 729 respondents. The report sets out a summary of the representations received for Part I of the Local Plan Review Preferred Approach which relates to Strategic Policies and Allocations. A separate reportto Cabinet and Council will address representations on Part II of the Plan relating to Development Management Policies. Mrs Taylor drew attention to appendix 1 to the report which contains the initial council response and paragraph 8 of the report. She explained that paragraph 9 sets out a number of new issues which require consideration including the declaration of a Climate Emergency and the discharge of nitrates into Solent and impact this has on future development. Mrs Taylor confirmed that A27 discussions remain ongoing with Highways England and WSCC regarding the nature and finance of improvement works and this uncertainty will need to be addressed within the Local Plan. She then drew attention to the Schedule as set out in appendix 3 to the report and the Sustainability Appraisal detailed in paragraph 4 of the report. She confirmed that further technical work is required.

 

Mrs Taylor outlined an amendment to recommendation 1c to add the words and supplementary material prior to its publication.

 

Mrs Lintill clarified that the report is considering progress only at this stage.

 

Mr Wilding addressed concerns relating to options in the north of the district and the implications given the current lack of infrastructure. Mr Ayling explained that the council must test all the options and consider the benefits and issues of each.

 

Mrs Plant commented that less than 1% of residents had made representations on the review. She explained that a Local Plan is essential in order to prevent unplanned development in the district. She referred to the need for the examiner to find the Plan sound.

 

Members thanked officers for their hard work to date.

 

Decision

 

The Cabinet then voted unanimously to make the recommendations below.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE COUNCIL

 

1.    That:

a.    the Summary of Representations included as Appendix 1 to this report is noted.

b.    the proposed Council responses to the representations set out in that document are agreed, and

c.    the Director of Planning and the Environment be authorised, following consultation with the Cabinet Member for Planning Services, to make minor amendments to the Summary of Representations and Responses and supplementary material prior to its publication.

d.    That the issues raised in the Summary of Representations document and the other relevant issues summarised in section 9 of the report are noted as key considerations for the ongoing production of the Local Plan.

2.    That the programme of further technical work set out in section 11 of this report is endorsed.

3.    That the implications for the distribution of development set out in section 12 of this report are endorsed, subject to further  ...  view the full minutes text for item 76.

77.

Resurfacing, Improved Drainage and additional site enhancements at Westhampnett Depot pdf icon PDF 98 KB

The Cabinet is requested to consider the agenda report and its appendices and make the following resolutions and recommendations to the Council:

 

1.    That Cabinet approves the inclusion of environmental and operational enhancements to the scheme set out section 5, subject to Council’s approval of the additional costs.

 

2.    That Cabinet approves the appointment of Contractor B for undertaking the resurfacing, improved drainage, environmental and operational enhancements and associated work at CCS Depot, and delegates authority to the Director of Corporate Services to conclude the detail of the contract following consultation with the Cabinet member for the Environment and Contract Services.

 

3.    That Cabinet recommends to Council to increase the budget from £592,000 to £850, 000, £650,000 funded from reserves and £200,000 from the Asset Replacement Programme. To enable the inclusion of additional works as set out in Section 5.

 

Please note that the appendix to this report is part II on the grounds of exemption in Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 namely Paragraph 3 (Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)) and because, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption of that information outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

Additional documents:

Decision:

*RESOLVED

 

1.    That Cabinet approves the inclusion of environmental and operational enhancements to the scheme set out in section 5, subject to Council’s approval of the additional costs.

2.    That Cabinet approves the appointment of Contractor B for undertaking the resurfacing, improved drainage, environmental and operational enhancements and associated work at CCS Depot, and delegates authority to the Director of Corporate Services to conclude the detail of the contract following consultation with the Cabinet member for the Environment and Contract Services

 

RECOMMENDATION TO COUNCIL

 

That Cabinet recommends to Council to increase the budget from £592,000 to £850,000 of which £650,000 funded from reserves and £200,000 funded from the Asset Replacement Programme to enable the inclusion of additional works as set out in Section 5.

Minutes:

Mrs Plant introduced the item. She drew attention to the details of the proposal as set out on pages 29 to 37 of the report. The project seeks to overhaul the foul drainage system at the Depot and will create a pumped connection to Stane Street. The project will also overhaul the storm water drainage storage system creating new gullies, soakaways and a fuel interceptor. The HGV parking area will be levelled and fully resurfaced and a new enclosed vehicle washdown facility installed. Mrs Plant explained that the addition of several environmental and operational improvements would result in significant additional costs if carried out separate to the main project. She outlined the additional enhancements which include:

 

·         A new one way system for vehicles entering and exiting the site

·         LED Flood lighting

·         Electric vehicle charging including installation of cable stays under the surface

·         A rainwater storage system

·         Increased CCTV cameras

·         Number plate recognition at the entrance gate

 

Mrs Plant confirmed that the additional enhancements total £195,000 resulting in an overall total cost of £850,000. In addition WSCC have agreed in principle to connect the gypsy and traveller transit site to the main sewer system, funded by WSCC.

 

Mrs Plant advised that officers had secured a window of 14 weeks to store vehicles offsite during the works. Mr Ward added that due to the critical timescale outlined in section 4.9 of the report the Chairman of the Council had agreed to take the decision as urgent and as such the decision is not subject to call-in (please see urgent notice attached to the final minutes).

 

Mr Carter outlined a minor amendment to page 33 of the report which should refer to the existing budget as being £592,000 rather than £595,000.

 

Members noted their support to the project.

 

Mrs Plant requested the addition of the words of which to follow £850,000 in the recommendation to Council.

 

Mrs Lintill requested clarification on the use of storm water. Mr Carter confirmed that the size, cost, capture and use all have to be considered. He explained that a suitable volume had been agreed and the water would be used to fill road sweepers which are currently filled by hose pipe, thereby reducing mains water usage. In addition it is anticipated that the time saved filling the sweepers would be up to an hour a day.

 

Decision

 

The Cabinet then voted unanimously to make the resolutions and recommendation below.

 

RESOLVED

 

1.    That Cabinet approves the inclusion of environmental and operational enhancements to the scheme set out in section 5, subject to Council’s approval of the additional costs.

2.    That Cabinet approves the appointment of Contractor B for undertaking the resurfacing, improved drainage, environmental and operational enhancements and associated work at CCS Depot, and delegates authority to the Director of Corporate Services to conclude the detail of the contract following consultation with the Cabinet member for the Environment and Contract Services

 

RECOMMENDATION TO COUNCIL

 

That Cabinet recommends to Council to increase the budget from £592,000  ...  view the full minutes text for item 77.

78.

Determination of the Council Tax Base 2020-2021 pdf icon PDF 67 KB

The Cabinet is requested to consider the agenda report and its appendices and in order to comply with section 35 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 make the following resolutions:

 

1.    No item of expenditure shall be treated as ‘special expenses’ for the purposes of section 35 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992.

 

2.    This resolution in (2.2) shall remain in force for the 2020-2021 financial year.

 

3.    The calculation of the Chichester District Council’s taxbase for the year 2020-2021 be approved.

 

4.    The amounts calculated by Chichester District Council as its council taxbase be those set out in appendices 1 and 2 to this report.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

In order to comply with section 35 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992:

 

1.    No item of expenditure shall be treated as ‘special expenses’ for the purposes of section 35 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992.

2.    This resolution in (2.1) shall remain in force for the 2020-2021 financial year.

3.    The calculation of the Chichester District Council’s taxbase for the year 2020-2021 be approved.

4.    The amounts calculated by Chichester District Council as its council taxbase be those set out in appendices 1 and 2 to this report.

Minutes:

Mr Wilding introduced the item. He explained that the determination of the Council Tax Base 2020-2021 is an estimate of the taxable capacity of the district. The figure is adjusted based on the assumed collection rate of 99%. He drew attention to Appendix 1 which details the chargeable properties by band which totals 54,133 and Appendix 2 which details the determined tax base for each parish.

 

Decision

 

The Cabinet then voted unanimously to make the resolutions below.

 

RESOLVED

 

In order to comply with section 35 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992:

 

1.    No item of expenditure shall be treated as ‘special expenses’ for the purposes of section 35 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992.

2.    This resolution in (1 above) shall remain in force for the 2020-2021 financial year.

3.    The calculation of the Chichester District Council’s taxbase for the year 2020-2021 be approved.

4.    The amounts calculated by Chichester District Council as its council taxbase be those set out in appendices 1 and 2 to this report.

79.

Disabled Facilities Grants - Staff Resources pdf icon PDF 69 KB

The Cabinet is requested to consider the agenda report and make the following resolution:

 

That a Senior Environmental Health Officer (DFG Specialist) and two Specialist Housing Standards Officers are appointed to deliver the West Sussex Disabled Facilities Grants Policy 2020-24 within Chichester District to be funded from the Council’s annual Disabled Facilities Grant funding.

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

That a Senior Environmental Health Officer (DFG Specialist) and two Specialist Housing Standards Officers are appointed to deliver the West Sussex Disabled Facilities Grants Policy 2020-24 within Chichester District to be funded from the Council’s annual Disabled Facilities Grant funding.

Minutes:

Mrs Graves introduced the item. She explained that the report relates to the Disabled Facilities grants which seek to enable independent living for people with disabilities. The grants are funded from the Better Care Fund and can be used for a number of projects including changes required to a property to enable earlier discharge from hospital. In 2018/19 a total of 180 grant related cases were facilitated compared to 126 in 2017/18. The facilitation of this increase in cases has only been possible via the use of contractors. Mrs Graves explained that the volume of cases is set to increase further and therefore additional staffing is required to ensure that the council has a robust system in place to provide the level of support needed. She confirmed that the staffing costs would be funded by the Better Care Fund.

 

Mrs Reed added that the complexity of the cases had increased significantly.

 

Mrs Taylor requested clarification on whether current vacancies were an indication that recruiting to the new posts would be difficult. Mrs Reed explained that although there had been vacancies the new posts would be more specialist.

 

Decision

 

The Cabinet then voted unanimously to make the resolution below.

 

RESOLVED

 

That a Senior Environmental Health Officer (DFG Specialist) and two Specialist Housing Standards Officers are appointed to deliver the West Sussex Disabled Facilities Grants Policy 2020-24 within Chichester District to be funded from the Council’s annual Disabled Facilities Grant funding.

80.

Late Items

a)    Items added to the agenda papers and made available for public inspection

 

b)    Items which the chairman has agreed should be taken as matters of urgency by reason of special circumstances to be reported at the meeting

Minutes:

There were no late items.

81.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

The Cabinet is asked to consider in respect of agenda item 14 (Southern Gateway) and agenda item 15 (Proposed pre-let at St James Industrial Estate) whether the public including the press should be excluded from the meeting on the following ground of exemption in Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 namely Paragraph 3 (Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)) and because, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption of that information outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

(Note: The report and its appendices within this part of the agenda are attached for members of the Council and relevant only officers only and are printed on salmon paper)

Minutes:

Mrs Lintill read the part II resolution in relation to agenda items 12 and 13 which was seconded by Mrs Taylor.

 

Decision

 

The Cabinet then voted unanimously to go into part II.

 

RESOLVED

 

That with regard to agenda items 12 and 13 the public including the press should be excluded from the meeting on the grounds of exemption in Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 namely Paragraph 3 (Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)) and because, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption of that information outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

The Cabinet then took a five minute break.

82.

Southern Gateway

The Cabinet is requested to consider the agenda report and its appendices and make the following recommendations to the Council (please note the report and appendices will follow):

 

1.    Following “standstill” and dealing with any issues arising, and confirmation that WSCC have cleared their own governance processes, including call-in, that the Council select Developer A on Heads of Terms shown in Appendix 1to deliver the Southern Gateway Masterplan regeneration project pursuant to the outcome of the Evaluation Report at Appendix 2 once matters of detail are finalised with the bidder.

 

2.    On the assumption that Council approve the selection of Developer A that Cabinet:

 

2.1. Delegate authority to the Deputy Chief Executive or the Director of Growth and Place, after consultation with the Strategic Leadership Team, the Leader and Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration, (and the Growth Lead at WSCC assuming WSCC are a party to the agreement) to approve and execute the Development Agreement based on Heads of Terms.

 

2.2. Approve the appointment of Jones Lang LeSalle and Browne Jacobson LLP to support the Council in the implementation of the project, funded from the cost undertaking to be entered into by the appointed development partner and/or the balance of One Public Estate (OPE) funding.

 

2.3. Subject to the appointment of a development partner that the land owned by the District Council be formally declared surplus to requirements and be offered up to support the regeneration on the terms set out in paragraph 6 and to remove the land from the Councils parking order at the appropriate time.

 

2.4. Note that authorise officers will investigate a “Land equalisation” proposal and bring forward options to a future Cabinet.

 

2.5. That the District Council requests WSCC to and County officers agree a scheme of delegation that enables District Council officers as project lead to grant consents required on behalf of WSCC provided there is no financial detriment to WSCC.

Decision:

RESOLVED

On the assumption that Council approve the selection of Developer A that Cabinet:

 

1.    Delegates authority to the Deputy Chief Executive or the Director of Growth and Place, after consultation with the Strategic Leadership Team, the Leader and Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration, (and the Growth Lead at WSCC assuming WSCC are a party to the agreement) to approve and execute the Development Agreement based on Heads of Terms.

2.    Approves the appointment of Jones Lang LeSalle and Browne Jacobson LLP to support the Council in the implementation of the project, funded from the cost undertaking to be entered into by the appointed development partner and/or the balance of One Public Estate (OPE) funding.

3.    Subject to the appointment of a development partner that the land owned by the District Council be formally declared surplus to requirements and be offered up to support the regeneration on the terms set out in paragraph 6 and to remove the land from the Councils parking order at the appropriate time.

4.    Notes that officers will investigate a “Land equalisation” proposal and bring forward options to a future Cabinet.

5.    That the District Council requests WSCC to agree a scheme of delegation that enables District Council officers as project lead to grant consents required on behalf of WSCC provided there is no financial detriment to WSCC.

6.    Accepts the recommendation from the Overview and Scrutiny Committee that Cabinet will liaise and agree with the selected developer on appropriate means of consultation so as to engage and involve both councillors and the community as detailed design and other proposals are developed.

 

RECOMMENDATION TO COUNCIL

 

Following “standstill” and dealing with any issues arising, and confirmation that WSCC have cleared their own governance processes, including call-in, that the Council select Developer A on Heads of Terms shown in Appendix 1to deliver the Southern Gateway Masterplan regeneration project pursuant to the outcome of the Evaluation Report at Appendix 2 once matters of detail are finalised with the bidder.

Minutes:

Mr Bell introduced the item.

 

Mr Over then provided additional information. He also drew member’s attention to amendments to the recommendation:

 

·         Resolution 4 to delete the word authorised from the first line.

·         Resolution 5 to delete the words and county officers from the first line.

 

The Cabinet then discussed the report.

 

Mr Moss requested that the Overview and Scrutiny Committee (OSC) recommendations be referred to in making recommendations to the Council. Mrs Lintill clarified that the recommendations from OSC and the Chichester District Growth Board had been noted.

 

Decision

 

The Cabinet then voted unanimously to make the resolutions and recommendation below.

 

RESOLVED

On the assumption that Council approve the selection of Developer A that Cabinet:

 

1.    Delegates authority to the Deputy Chief Executive or the Director of Growth and Place, after consultation with the Strategic Leadership Team, the Leader and Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration, (and the Growth Lead at WSCC assuming WSCC are a party to the agreement) to approve and execute the Development Agreement based on Heads of Terms.

2.    Approves the appointment of Jones Lang LeSalle and Browne Jacobson LLP to support the Council in the implementation of the project, funded from the cost undertaking to be entered into by the appointed development partner and/or the balance of One Public Estate (OPE) funding.

3.    Subject to the appointment of a development partner that the land owned by the District Council be formally declared surplus to requirements and be offered up to support the regeneration on the terms set out in paragraph 6 and to remove the land from the Councils parking order at the appropriate time.

4.    Notes that officers will investigate a “Land equalisation” proposal and bring forward options to a future Cabinet.

5.    That the District Council requests WSCC to agree a scheme of delegation that enables District Council officers as project lead to grant consents required on behalf of WSCC provided there is no financial detriment to WSCC.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION TO COUNCIL

 

Following “standstill” and dealing with any issues arising, and confirmation that WSCC have cleared their own governance processes, including call-in, that the Council select Developer A on Heads of Terms shown in Appendix 1to deliver the Southern Gateway Masterplan regeneration project pursuant to the outcome of the Evaluation Report at Appendix 2 once matters of detail are finalised with the bidder.

83.

St James Industrial Estate Chichester

The Cabinet is requested to consider the agenda report and its appendix and make the following resolution:

 

Following consultation with the Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration, the Director of Growth & Place be authorised to agree terms for a pre-let of space at St James Industrial Estate in accordance with the proposal set out in section 5 of the report.

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

Following consultation with the Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration, the Director of Growth & Place be authorised to agree terms for a pre-let space at St James Industrial Estate in accordance with the proposal set out in section 5 of the report.

Minutes:

Mr Bell introduced the item.

 

Mr Oakley and Mrs Sharp were invited to the table as they had requested to speak.

 

Mrs McKay and Mrs Hotchkiss responded to the points raised.

 

Decision

 

The Cabinet then voted unanimously to make the resolution below.

 

RESOLVED

 

Following consultation with the Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration, the Director of Growth & Place be authorised to agree terms for a pre-let space at St James Industrial Estate in accordance with the proposal set out in section 5 of the report.