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Meeting of the Executive held on 01/11/2006
EAST STREET REGENERATION, FARNHAM



Summary & Purpose
The purpose of this report is to report back to Members on negotiations on contractual matters as authorised by the Council on 17th May 2006. A report was considered by the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 18th September 2006. Officers have since sought further advice on risks and legal issues.

APPENDIX A
Waverley Borough Council

EXECUTIVE - 1ST NOVEMBER 2006
COUNCIL - 7TH NOVEMBER 2006

Title:

EAST STREET REGENERATION, FARNHAM
[Wards Affected: All Farnham Wards]

Note pursuant to Section 100B(5) of the Local Government Act 1972

Annexes to this report 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 Paragraphs 3 and 5 of the revised Part I of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, namely:

Summary and purpose:

The purpose of this report is to report back to Members on negotiations on contractual matters as authorised by the Council on 17th May 2006. A report was considered by the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 18th September 2006. Officers have since sought further advice on risks and legal issues.

Environmental implications:

The regeneration of the East Street area of Farnham will significantly improve the environment in and around this important town centre site.

Social / community implications:

The proposed East Street scheme is a mixed development with significant affordable housing and new and enhanced community facilities. The development will have significant social benefits in Farnham.

E-Government implications:

There are no direct e-government implications associated with this report.

Resource and legal implications:

The East Street regeneration scheme has significant implications on Waverley’s finances and staff resources. The financial implications are set out in the (Exempt) Annexe to this report. There are legal implications relating to the conditional contract which are also set out in the (Exempt) Annexe. The Council received legal advice on the implications of extending the long-stop date from its external legal advisors earlier this year which was reported to the Executive on 17th May 2006 ((Exempt) Appendix L referred).

Following negotiations with officers, CNS have put forward a package of adjustments to terms within the conditional contract which meet some of the Council’s objectives as landowner, and would give CNS more time to conclude the initial stage of the planning process.

Background

1. At a special meeting of the Council on 17th May 2006, Members agreed that a revised scheme from Crest Nicholson Sainsburys be granted landowner sanction. Officers were authorised to negotiate further on contractual issues, including, if necessary, the long-stop date, and to report back to Members through Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the Executive to the October Council meeting.

2. Further reports were requested on options for the Bowls Club and the Brightwell Gostrey Centre, together with the level of current car parking demand and future provision. Reports on these matters were considered by the Council on 18th July.

3. In relation to the Bowls Club, your officers have now implemented the Council’s decision of 18th July and have served six months notice for the Brightwells Bowls Club to vacate the East Street Site. The period of six months was agreed after consultation with Crest Nicholson Sainsburys who have indicated the earliest start date on site, and potentially involving the Bowls Club area, of April 2007. Officers were also instructed to carry out further investigations relating to alternative sites for the Club. Unfortunately, for a range of reasons, the Langhams Recreation Ground in Farnham has proved to be unsuitable as an alternative site, but officers are continuing their investigations into other sites.

4. At the Executive on 5th September, the Leader outlined this Council’s support for the Bowls Club and underlined the Council’s commitment to work closely with the Club to assist with their relocation.

5. With regard to the Brightwells Gostrey Centre, Officers have supplied Crest Nicholson Sainsburys with an outline specification for the proposed new Community Centre to be sited within the East Street project. Officers have also requested CNS to consider potential development options for the current Gostrey Centre site.

6. A further report on the form in which the planning application for associated works at Riverside should be submitted was the subject of a separate recommendation to the Council.

7. Negotiations on contractual issues, including the extension to the long-stop date, remain subject to contract and are therefore reported in the (Exempt) Annexe to this report. Similarly updates on Waverley Borough Council’s estimated deductions from the East Street capital receipt and risks associated with the project and legal issues are included in the (Exempt) Annexe.

Observations of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee

8. The Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee considered this report and made the observation that the Executive should request, well in advance of their meeting to consider this issue, additional information about the consequences of not agreeing to an extension to the long-stop date. This is included in the (Exempt) annexes.

Recommendation

The Management Team recommends the Executive to agree to CNS’s revised terms, as set out in the (Exempt) Annexe to the report, including extension of the long stop date, and recommend the Council accordingly.

Background Papers (DoPD)

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


CONTACT OFFICERS:

Name: David January (MD) Telephone: 01483 523208
E-mail: hops@waverley.gov.uk

Stephen Thwaites Telephone: 01483 523463
E-mail: sthwaites@waverley.gov.uk

Paul Wenham Telephone: 01483 523238
E-mail: pwenham@waverley.gov.uk

Peter Maudsley Telephone: 01483 523398
E-mail: pmaudsley@waverley.gov.uk

Miller Stevenson Telephone: 01483 523455
E-mail: mstevenson@waverley.gov.uk

Graeme Clark Telephone: 01483 523236
E-mail: grclark@waverley.gov.uk



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