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Meeting of the Executive held on 07/02/2006
EAST STREET REGENERATION SCHEME



Summary & Purpose
To provide Members with an interim report on discussions with the developers in line with the Council instruction of 19th December 2005. As the scheme progresses there will be both resource and environmental implications.

APPENDIX N

WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

EXECUTIVE – 7TH FEBRUARY 2006

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Title:
EAST STREET REGENERATION SCHEME

[Wards Affected: All Farnham Wards]
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Summary and Purpose

To provide Members with an interim report on discussions with the developers in line with the Council instruction of 19th December 2005. As the scheme progresses there will be both resource and environmental implications.
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Note pursuant to Section 100B(5) of the Local Government Act 1972

An oral report on the Council's contractual obligations will be given in exempt session. This will contain exempt information by virtue of which the public is likely to be excluded during the item to which the report relates, as specified in Paragraph 9 of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, namely:-

Any terms proposed or to be proposed by or to the authority in the course of negotiations for a contract for the acquisition or disposal of property or the supply of goods or services.

Introduction

1. At a series of meetings on 19th December last, the Council instructed Officers to embark on time-limited discussions with Crest Nicholson/Sainsbury (CNS) with a view to resolving a number of outstanding issues. An interim report was requested eight weeks from this instruction.

Background

2. Members will recall that a number of outstanding issues relating to the proposed regeneration scheme were reported to the meetings on 19th December and Officers were given a specific set of instructions on points to be discussed and, if possible, resolved. Arrangements were immediately put in hand for meetings of all necessary parties. Owing to the intervening holiday period, the earliest date that could be arranged for the first meeting was Friday 6th January.

3. Officers and consultants met with CNS in London on this date when all Members' concerns and views were expressed.

Progressing the Contract

4. The Waverley team reaffirmed the Council’s commitment to the East Street project but confirmed that Waverley was not prepared to agree to the development being phased in advance of all necessary site assembly.
5. It was pointed out that, in an effort to assist in the site assembly process, the Council had instructed Officers to commence Compulsory Purchase proceedings, subject to suitable safeguards being in place. CNS acknowledged that this decision had been taken with the best of intentions, and that a Planning Application would be necessary to support a CPO, but concern was expressed over the time this process could take.

6. The decisions of the Council on 19th December clearly have significant implications for the scheme and CNS indicated the need to have time to consider these. Whilst a second meeting had been arranged for Friday 13th January, this was subsequently postponed because CNS had not yet completed their deliberations and financial assessments. At the time of writing this report, a date for the next meeting is awaited which it is hoped will be well in advance of the February Executive meeting. Any further progress will be reported in a supplementary annexe, to be circulated as far in advance of this meeting as possible.

7. Meanwhile, efforts are continuing to complete the acquisition of the Farnham Health Centre and the removal of the restrictive covenant over part of the Dogflud Car Park. Further progress will be reported at the meeting.

Compulsory Purchase Proceedings

8. In order to expedite this process, advice has been sought from a partner in Lawrence Graham, the Council's Legal Advisers for the scheme, who specialises in Compulsory Purchase. Further clarification has been sought on certain aspects and the necessary proceedings will be reported to subsequent meetings of the Executive.

Waverley Land Acquisitions

9. The up-to-date position on our contractual obligations will be reported orally in exempt session.

Conclusion

10. Further meetings will be required with the developers but your officers are mindful that the time limit imposed for discussions was twelve weeks from 19th December 2005. Also, in accordance with the Council decision, this report has been circulated to all Members of the Council, for information.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the report be noted.
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Background Papers (DoPD)

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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