Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
1. That approval in principle be given to the grant of a 99 year lease of the former Partington Youth Centre on similar terms to the draft heads of terms included in the report.
2. That authority be delegated to the Corporate Director for Place to finalise and agree the heads of terms in order to facilitate the grant of a lease.
3. That the Corporate Director of Governance and Community Strategy be authorised to enter into any legal documents required to finalise the transaction.
To protect the long term future of the building, and to reinstate a much-needed youth and community facility for the people of Partington. The undervalue is less than £2 million, and will be providing substantial social benefit. Therefore the Council is not required to seek approval from the secretary of state. The lease would give BGCGM (and partners Screamin’ Wheels) an opportunity for a long standing and fit for purpose location, from which to deliver services to local young people. It would give sufficient guarantee of tenure to enable BGCGM to invest considerable capital in the fabric of the building, for its operation for the benefit of the young people and other residents of Partington, in perpetuity. The proposal links to the corporate objective of ensuring a fair start for all children and young people. The BGCGM survey and other research demonstrates the need for greater youth provision, particularly with regard to outdoor activities. Whilst difficult to quantify, the approach suggested by BGCGM is community-led, and should increase local (non-financial) investment in, and identification with, the site. A greater sense of ownership and community empowerment is expected to result.
Do nothing and leave the site vacant; commercial rental; commercial sale; or redevelop the site. Further details of these options are set out in s. 8 of the report.
Publication date: 29/09/2021
Date of decision: 27/09/2021
Decided at meeting: 27/09/2021 - Executive
Effective from: 07/10/2021