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KD 4473 - Disposal of Land at Chase Farm Hospital

Meeting: 26/04/2017 - Cabinet (Item 9)

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A report from the Executive Director of Finance, Resources and Customer Services will be circulated as soon as possible. (Report No.260, agenda part two also refers). (Key decision – reference number 4473)

(Report No.259)

(8.45 – 8.50 pm)



Councillor Dino Lemonides (Cabinet Member for Finance and Efficiency) introduced the report of the Executive Director of Finance, Resources and Customer Services (No.259).




1.               That Report No.260 also referred as detailed in Minute No.19 below.


2.               The background to the proposals as set out in detail in the report regarding the areas of land in question to enable a primary school development to come forward. Extensive negotiations had culminated in an agreement for the disposal of the freehold interest in the land to the Education Funding Agency and Members agreement to the terms of the disposal were sought. It was further noted that all costs borne by the Council including all acquisition related costs would be met by the purchaser.


3.               Councillor Orhan extended her appreciation to officers for their hard work in seeking a successful conclusion to the negotiations and welcomed the provision of a school on this site for the benefit of residents and children in the area to meet pupil place demand. As set out in the report, it was noted that approval had been granted to the Limes Trust in June 2016 for the provision of a free school.


Alternative Options Considered: Not applicable as the Council could not develop a new school as it would be contrary to the Academies Act 2010 where any new school developed should either be an Academy or a Free School.


DECISION: The Cabinet agreed


1.               To approve the disposal of the Council’s freehold interest of land parcels Ca and Cb at Chase Farm Hospital to the Education Funding Agency (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government) (DCLG) on the terms as detailed within the part two report (Minute No.19 below refers) together with full reimbursement of the Council’s acquisition and sale costs.


2.               To delegate authority to the Assistant Director – Strategic Property Services to negotiate any non-material changes to the transaction in accordance with the Property Procedure Rules.


3.               To delegate authority to the Assistant Director – Legal and Governance to approve the legal form of contracts for the sale.


4.               To note the agreement to the release of Targeted Basic Need funding to the Education Funding Agency.


5.               To note that the proposals would contribute to the delivery of a much needed Primary school and delivery of a new hospital.


Reason: This was the only viable site now and in the future that could support a 3FE Primary School that would come forward in this Pupil Planning Area to satisfy the need. The disposal of the land at Chase Farm would satisfy the requirements for space standards as set out within the guidance set by the Department for Education (BB103) and the terms of the transaction would satisfy the requirements of best value under s123 of the Local Government Act 1972.

(Key decision – reference number 4473)