Executive Decisions by Individuals Minutes

Date:
Wednesday, 21st August, 2013
Time:
12.00
Place:
Leader of the Council, Town Hall, Reigate
 

Attendance Details

Present:
Councillor V.W. Broad (Deputy Leader)
Also Present:
Councillors N. Harris, N. Harrison, Mrs R. Mill, R.. Newstead, M. Selby, J. Stephenson, Mrs R. Turner and M. Vivona
Min NoDescriptionResolution
Part I
1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Leader: Councillor Mrs J.M.A. Spiers

Members: Councillors Mrs N.J. Bramhall, Mrs J. Bray, J. Essex, Ms S. Finch, K. Foreman, A.J. Kay, R. Mantle, D.J. Pay, Mrs R. Renton and C.T.H. Whinney
2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Councillor Mrs Mill declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda items 3 and 6 because she is the Council's representative on the Raven Housing Trust Board.

Councillor Harris declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda items 3 and 6 because he is the Council's representative on the board of Banstead Athletic Football Club.
3 COMPULSORY PURCHASE OF LAND IN PRESTON TO ENABLE REGENERATION - BANSTEAD ATHLETIC FOOTBALL CLUB AND RAVEN HOUSING TRUST
1. Authority is delegated to the Head of Policy, Development, and Property in consultation with the Portfolio Holders for Finance and for Property and Regeneration to progress the agreement of terms outside of the Compulsory Purchase Order process and enter into a new lease with Banstead Athletic Football Club on the basis of the Heads of Terms set out in Annex 2 of Part 2 of this report.

2. Authority is delegated to the Head of Policy, Development, and Property in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Property and Regeneration to undertake minor land exchanges with, and acquisition of rights over land from, Raven Housing Trust on the basis of Heads of Terms that are also set out in Annex 3 of Part 2 of this report

Reasons for decision:

Executive agreed to proceed with compulsory purchase of the land at its meeting on 18 April 2013, because terms for a settlement could not be agreed.

Officers continued to negotiate with the Football Club at the same time as proceeding with the compulsory order process, and terms acceptable to the Council have now been agreed.

Terms have also been agreed with Raven Housing Trust for the acquisition of land and rights over land needed to enable the development

Alternative Option:

Not to progress a negotiated settlement and to use CPO powers to acquire the land in question.
4 ANY OTHER URGENT BUSINESS
None.
5 EXEMPT BUSINESS
RECOMMENDED that members of the Press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that:

RESOLVED that members of the Press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that:

(i) it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act; and
(ii) The public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information
6 COMPULSORY PURCHASE OF LAND IN PRESTON TO ENABLE REGENERATION - BANSTEAD ATHLETIC FOOTBALL CLUB AND RAVEN HOUSING TRUST
RESOLVED to note the report.

Reason for decision: n/a
Alternative options: n/a
7 PRESS RELEASE
RESOLVED that a press release be not issued in respect of item 6 above.

Reason for decision: n/a
Alternative options: n/a
The meeting closed at 12.25 pm

Minute

Min NoMinute
3The Deputy Leader outlined the background to the report and the recommendations now before him for decision.

At its meeting on 18 April 2013, the Executive had decided to proceed with the compulsory purchase of land occupied by Banstead Athletic Football Club (BAFC) and the Tattenhams Community Association as it had not been possible to reach mutual agreement for its acquisition and this was essential to progress the regeneration of Preston.

The football club subsequently objected to the compulsory purchase order and the Secretary of State ordered a public inquiry to be held which was likely to take a number of months to conclude.

Officers had therefore continued to negotiate with representatives of the football club, in the hope of reaching an acceptable settlement which would avoid the need for a protracted public inquiry.

Terms had now been agreed, as set out in the confidential annex to the report, which officers considered to be favourable to the Council.

The Deputy Leader indicated that he was minded to agree the relevant recommendation (1) but subject to consultation with the Portfolio Holder with responsibility for finance as well as the Portfolio Holder responsible for Property and Regeneration.

In respect of Tattenhams Community Association, it was noted that there had been no objection to the acquisition of the land and that no objections had been made to the compulsory purchase order which should therefore progress without the need for a public inquiry.

Recommendation 2 in the report referred to a minor land exchange and acquisition of rights over land, for which agreement had been reached with Raven Housing Trust, as set out in the confidential annex.