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Grange Farm Estate Regeneration Update

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To approve a revised business plan and procurement strategy for delivery of the Grange Farm estate regeneration

Decisions:

Having considered the confidential appendices, it was

 

RESOLVED:  That

 

(1)          the progress on the Grange Farm Estate regeneration project be noted;

 

(2)          the current business model and funding options set out in Appendix 2 to the report be noted;

 

(3)          the approval requested in the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) budget report, agenda item 8 and minute 673 refer, to increase the HRA capital budget by £15,688,670 to fund the delivery of Phase 1 of Grange Farm Estate, subject to additional borrowing approval, be noted;

 

(4)          officers be authorised to bid for additional headroom borrowing approval as soon as the government has announced the bidding process;

 

(5)          officers be authorised to extend the contracts with Hawkins Brown Architects, Peter Brett Associates and Potter Raper Partnership  for Phase 1 of the Grange Farm Estate regeneration project and other professional services necessary for the successful delivery of the project, with the costs being contained within the additional approved budget;

 

(6)          the Corporate Director of Community, following consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Housing and Employment and the Directors of Finance and Legal and Governance, be authorised to commence the procurement process for Phase 1, as outlined in paragraph 2.25 of the report, and to enter into a build contract provided the tendered construction  costs did not exceed the estimate contained within the Grange Farm Estate business model, attached at appendix 2 to the report, by more than 5%, and subject to planning permission and additional borrowing approval;

 

(7)          officers be authorised to carry out detailed investigation, including soft market testing, into the most appropriate joint venture or other delivery model for Phase 2 and 3 of the Grange Farm Estate regeneration project and submit a report back to Cabinet for decision;

 

(8)          in addition to the authority given by Cabinet in May 2016, the Director of Legal and Governance be given further authority to commence Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) in phases starting with Phase 1 shown on the plan attached at appendix 4 and as set out in the report;

 

(9)          the Corporate Director of Community, following consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Housing and Employment, Directors of Finance and Legal and Governance, be authorised to accept tenders and enter into contracts, submit grant applications and bids for additional resources and enter into any related legal agreements for any matters referred to in this report and which may contribute towards the Council’s housing regeneration initiatives.

 

Reason for Decision:  To enable the regeneration of the Grange Farm Estate to proceed and replace the current poor quality and uneconomic homes with a mixed tenure high quality scheme including a vibrant community hub and improved access to local facilities and public transport.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:  As set out in the report.

 

Conflict of Interest relating to the matter declared by Cabinet Member/Dispensation Granted:  None.

Report author: Nick Powell

Publication date: 16/02/2018

Date of decision: 15/02/2018

Decided at meeting: 15/02/2018 - Cabinet

Effective from: 24/02/2018

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