A report from the Director of Health, Housing and Adult Social Care is attached. This seeks approval to purchase the leasehold interest in several small plots of land and for a resolution to seek a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) if direct negotiations are unsuccessful with the leaseholders. (Report No.103, agenda part two also refers) (Key decision – reference number 3781)
(8.55 – 9.00 pm)
Councillor Bambos Charalambous (Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Youth and Localism) introduced the report of the Director of Health, Housing and Adult Social Care (No.100) seeking approval to purchase the leasehold interest in several small plots of land and for a resolution to seek a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) if direct negotiations were unsuccessful with the leaseholders, to facilitate the Joint Service Centre development at 645 Hertford Road.
1. That Report No.103 also referred as detailed in Minute No.25 below;
2. The proposals set out in the report.
Alternative Options Considered: For the Council not to purchase the land through a CPO if the direct negotiations were unsuccessful. Without CPO powers the Council could not guarantee that the land could be acquired in order to enable the contractor to complete the scheme in accordance with planning. This might compromise the usability of the facility for the intended purpose.
DECISION: The Cabinet agreed to
1. Note that negotiations were ongoing with the leaseholders regarding the purchase of the necessary leaseholder interests.
2. Review and approve the draft Statement of Reasons which set out the justification for making the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) in relation to the bold boxes shown in Appendix 1 of the report and the draft Order.
3. Approve in principle the making of the Joint Service Centre CPO 2013 under section 226(1)(a) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 as amended by the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (the “1990 Act”).
4. Delegate authority to the Director of Finance, Resources and Customer Services to:
(a) Continue the acquisition of the interests in the order land.
(b) Make final amendments to the Statement of Reasons and the Draft Order.
(c) Authorise the service of the Order on the Secretary of State and the interested parties if required.
Reason: To secure the acquisition of land required for the completion of the development on adjoining land in accordance with the planning permission and to provide privacy for the GP consulting rooms and prevent future development, which would impact on the Joint Service Centre. The Council was seeking to reach a settlement with the leaseholders through direct negotiation. The Council could not guarantee the delivery of the development in accordance with planning consent without the acquisition of this land.
(Key decision – reference number 3781)