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Waverley Borough Council Committee System - Committee Document

Meeting of the Executive held on 28/10/2003
East Street Regeneration Scheme Farnham - Update



Summary & Purpose
To provide Members with an update on a number of issues with regard to the East Street regeneration scheme.
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Quality of life implications – social, environmental & economic (sustainable development):

Natural Resource Use
Pollution Prevention and Control
Biodiversity and Nature
Local Environment
Social Inclusion
Safe, Healthy and Active Communities
Local Economy
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive

E-Government implications:

There are no e-government implications.

Resource and legal implications:

Ultimately, this scheme should provide the Council with both a capital receipt and revenue income.

A budget has been approved by the Council for the preliminary works at Riverside. Further budget provision will be required as the scheme is developed. The relocation of the CAB to Montrose House will also have budgetary implications which will be considered as part of the revenue budget for 2004/05 and as part of the capital scheme development.
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Design

1. Since the election in May, the new Portfolio Holder has been in discussion with both officers and the developers on the matter of design. The developers have held their own public exhibition, from which they gathered the opinions of the residents of Farnham. Major concerns have been taken on board as the design of the scheme has evolved. It is hoped that in the near future, a new masterplan will be ready for submission to the Council for landowner’s sanction to test the planning acceptability of the proposal.


Community Facilities

2. Planning applications have recently been submitted for the development of relocated tennis and, possibly, bowls facilities on land at Riverside. Although the original intention was to retain the Bowls Club within the East Street scheme, advantages have been identified in moving it from the site. No decision has yet been made; a report will be submitted to members shortly for consideration. However, to avoid unnecessary delay, if it is decided to move the Bowls Club, it was considered appropriate to submit a planning application.

3. The scheme, as currently drawn, shows two options for the Brightwells Gostrey Club; one in new premises and the other being a refurbishment of their existing premises. Detailed consideration of these options is currently being carried out with a view to discussion with Members as soon as possible.

4. In accordance with the Executive’s decision of July 2003, terms for a lease of the ground floor of Montrose House have been offered to the Farnham CAB. Discussion is currently taking place on the proposed layout of the accommodation and it is hoped to instruct the legal section to proceed shortly.

Project Programme

5. The project programme, as currently drafted, allowed for matters to progress from an anticipated date of 3rd October for the grant of landowner’s sanction. This has clearly slipped. Once there is a clearer indication of a date for landowner sanction, the programme can be revised.

Transport Issues

6. Detailed discussions have taken place between the developers, highway consultants and officers of Surrey County Council. Projected traffic movements have been submitted, but accurate estimates cannot be made until a clearer picture of the scheme is available.

7. The question of car parking is the subject of a report shortly to be submitted by the Director of Environment and Leisure.

Financial Implications

8. Changes to the original bid scheme, whether in response to public opinion or as a result of negotiation, clearly may have an impact of the financial results of the development. Indeed, there may be further changes to the financial results reflecting changes in market conditions since the time of submission of the original bid. Any such financial impact will be monitored and assessed by the Council’s development consultants, Cluttons, together with the Director of Finance. Appropriate reports will be submitted to Members in due course.

Recommendation

That this update report be noted.

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Background Papers (DoP&D)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.

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CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Miller Stevenson Telephone: 01483 523455

E-mail: mstevenson@waverley.gov.uk

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