To consider a report of the Executive Member for Housing and Regeneration.
NOTE: A related report is to be considered in Part II of this agenda.
The Executive Member Housing and Regeneration submitted a report which advised Members of the outcome of the 2021/22 Land Sales Programme, proposed to continue the Strategic Land Review Programme for the disposal of land and buildings during the financial year 2022/23, seeking the necessary delegations, and advising as to proposals for 2023/24. It was noted that an associated report setting out additional financial details was to be considered in Part II of the agenda, as set out in the relevant Minute below.
(1) That the outcome of the 2021/22 Strategic Land Review Programme Disposals be noted.
(2) That the Strategic Land Review Programme for 2022/23 as set out in the report be approved.
(3) That authority be delegated to the Corporate Director of Place to:
a. negotiate and accept bids in consultation with the Director of Finance and Systems and Corporate Director for Governance and Community Strategy for all sites listed on the Land Review Programme.
b. engage external resources where this will assist in implementing the programme, including a professional team where reasonably required to support a development project.
c. Commission, submit and/or authorise as appropriate:
i) any applications for planning permission on any properties included in the programme where this will assist in marketing and/or add value, or in any case where the Council is proposing to redevelop the site whether directly or in partnership with another party.
ii) any surveys/investigations where such surveys will reduce the risks associated with redevelopment, add value to the capital receipt /revenue return and/or assist with the preparation, submission and resolution of any planning permission application, or any other usual pre-development survey or investigation.
iii) any feasibility study or design for the site and or premises in association with either obtaining a planning consent or as part of options appraisal
iv) any demolitions or physical alterations that will either reduce the risks associated with holding the premises or accelerate the sale/redevelopment and/or add value to the capital receipt/revenue return.
d. offset eligible disposal costs against capital receipts in accordance with capital regulations.
e. advertise the intention to dispose of a site in the event that it comprises open space as defined by the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, in accordance with the relevant statutory procedure, and if any objections are received, to refer to the relevant portfolio holder for consideration in consultation with the Executive Member for Environment and Regulatory Services.
f. acquire adjacent land or property where the acquisition will either add value to the overall development or de-risk the disposal/development of the Council asset.
g. Delegate authority to the Corporate Director of Place, in consultation with the Executive Member for Housing and Regeneration and the Director of Finance and Systems, to add or substitute sites into the programme during the year including sites with a value of over £499,000.
h. Transfer sites from Category 1 to Category 2, and vice versa
i. commission security services.
j. authorise alternative methods of disposal where appropriate.
k. authorise community engagement and consultations where the Corporate Director deems it necessary or advantageous.
l. In relation to any site currently in development or any site which commences development during this programme, agree any licence or approve the grant of any easement or lease or any other disposal, including where that disposal taken in isolation would constitute a disposal at undervalue, which is designed or intended to implement or facilitate the development.
m. In relation to the Brown Street and former Sale Magistrates sites, authorise a marketing, pricing and disposal strategy and authorise the sale of plots, either individually or in blocks, including where the anticipated or actual capital receipt exceeds £499,000
(4) That the Corporate Director of Governance and Community Strategy in consultation with the Corporate Director of Place and, where appropriate, the Director for Finance and Systems, be authorised to finalise and enter into all legal agreements required to implement the above decisions.