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07/05/2019 - DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST ref: 3234    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Committee

Made at meeting: 07/05/2019 - Planning Committee

Decision published: 23/05/2019

Effective from: 07/05/2019

Decision:

There were no declarations of interest.

 


16/05/2019 - LOW HALL DEPOT REDEVELOPMENT ref: 3225    For Determination

Delegate approval to the Director of Property & Asset Management, in consultation with the Strategic Director - Finance and Governance,

Director of Neighbourhoods and the Portfolio Lead Member for Economic Growth and High Streets to award contract(s) for a) Temporary Accommodation, b) Demolition of existing buildings and c) Construction of a new depot at Low Hall – to be funded using capital receipts from land release within the site.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 16/05/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2019

Effective from: 16/05/2019

Decision:

Cabinet:

(1)          approved a capital budget of up to £19.84m comprising:

 

(a)           a Project Delivery Budget of up to £1.74m to fund the project management, design, procurement and other costs required to deliver the new Depot and enabling residential-led development; and

(b)           £18.1m to meet the upfront construction costs of the new Depot and to note that this will be repaid via a residential-led mixed-use development on released surplus land that is projected to generate a capital receipt of circa £20.0m subject to market conditions;

(2)          approved the commencement of the project subject to the cost of the new Depot, as outlined in Paragraph 2.2 of the report, being contained within the funding envelope generated by the residential-led development.  Any residual capital receipt will contribute towards any interim works that are undertaken as outlined in Paragraph 7.1.4 of the report and will then be held corporately in the Capital Receipts reserve to finance the remaining capital programme;

 

(3)          noted that, given the value of the project, an Outline Business Case will be produced, similar to HM Treasury’s ‘five case model’ and supplementary Green Book guidance, and approved by the Project Board and Capital Strategy & Asset Management Group prior to procurement commencing;

 

(4)          noted that the business case will be continuously reviewed by the Director of Property & Asset Management and that, if risks relating to a significant reduction in resources or an increase in costs are identified, proposals to mitigate these will be brought back to Cabinet; and

 

(5)          delegated approval to the Director of Property and Asset Management, in consultation with the Strategic Director of Finance & Governance, to procure and appoint the project management and technical teams required to support the new Depot and residential-led development projects.

 

OPTIONS & ALTERNATIVES CONSIDERED

 

Given the challenging nature of the site and the range of constraints that are present, the Council could choose not to explore its redevelopment potential.  However, a new, modern Depot facility is urgently required and alternative locations would have to be considered. The time and cost involved in this process are considered to be prohibitive.

 

The Council could explore the possibility of a full joint venture with a development partner, involving construction of the new Depot and the development of released land.  However, the Council would be exposed to the risk of programme delay, with limited control over the Depot construction process. 

 

The Council could consider alternative development of the site.  This is not a strategic consideration at this stage, given the important purpose and function of the existing facility in relation to the provision of Council services for the Borough as a whole. 

 

Wards affected: High Street; Lea Bridge; Markhouse;

Lead officer: Greg Wade


16/05/2019 - LONDON BOROUGH OF CULTURE 2019: PROGRAMME AND LEGACY UPDATE ref: 3224    For Determination

·         Cabinet to approve the Borough of Culture Legacy Strategy

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 16/05/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2019

Effective from: 16/05/2019

Decision:

Cabinet:

 

(a)          noted the programme developments since the January 2019 Cabinet paper, including the achievement of key milestones such as the delivery of ‘Welcome to the Forest’, ‘Africa Express: the Circus’, ‘EastSide Story’, Roger Ascham: Dancers in Residence, and ‘Atomic 50’;

 

(b)          noted the success of the first round of the Fellowship Funding Make it Happen grants programme, the launch of round two of Make it Happen and activity across Make it Work and Make it Local workstreams;

 

(c)          noted the development of plans for the Cultural Leadership Programme;

 

(d)          endorsed the Impact Strategy: Direction of Travel document which outlines key impacts from the programme so far, makes some early announcements for 2020, and outlines further work to be done before the final impact strategy in early 2020;

 

(e)          noted the update on the programme’s current budget position in line with forecast spend, including sponsorship and fundraising; and

 

(f)           noted that further updates on the London Borough of Culture 2019 programme will be presented to Cabinet on a quarterly basis, with the next update scheduled for September 2019.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);