A report from the Director of Regeneration and Environment is attached. This takes forward the Ponders End High Street Regeneration scheme. (Report No.18, agenda part two also refers) (Key decision – reference number 4076)
(9.00 – 9.05 pm)
Councillor Ahmet Oykener (Cabinet Member for Housing and Housing Regeneration) introduced the report of the Director of Regeneration and Environment (No.13) taking forward the Ponders End High Street Regeneration Scheme.
1. That Report No.18 also referred, as detailed in Minute No.26 below.
2. The background to the proposed scheme as detailed in section 3 of the report. The proposals for housing and library provision were noted together with the timescales for moving forward.
3. The proposals to make a Compulsory Purchase Order to use if required, for the progression of the regeneration of Ponders End High Street.
4. The benefits that the scheme would bring to Ponders End. The scheme was much needed and would have a fundamental positive impact on the area.
Alternative Options Considered: NOTED the alternative options which had been considered as set out in section 4 of the report and below:
· Do Nothing – this would not deliver the Council’s planning objectives as detailed in the Core Strategy
· Restrict regeneration activity to Council owned land only – this would result in piecemeal development which would not deliver a comprehensive regeneration scheme that could be achieved by tying the former Middlesex University Site into the High Street to create a dynamic urban quarter that could contribute to the economic sustainability of the High Street.
· Acquire all land and property interests on a voluntary basis – negotiations to acquire land and property interests had been pursued and would continue to be pursued alongside any compulsory purchase process.
DECISION: The Cabinet agreed
1. To resolve the make a Compulsory Purchase Order under section 226(1)(a) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (“the 1990 Act”) (as amended) for the acquisition of land and new rights within the area described in the report and shown on the plan attached at Annex A to the report. The Council being of the view that the proposed acquisition of the Order Land would:
(a) Facilitate the carrying out of the development/redevelopment or improvement on or in relation to the Order Land; and
(b) Will contribute to the promotion or improvement of the economic, social and environmental well-being of the Borough.
2. To delegate authority to the Director Regeneration and Environment, acting in consultation with the Director of Finance, Resources and Customer Services, to:
(a) Take all necessary steps to make the order, including the finalisation of the Statement of Reasons and the draft order and carry out all subsequent work following submission to the Secretary of State (public inquiry (if called), through to confirmation and implementation of the Planning Compulsory Purchase Order (PCPO).
(b) Acquire all necessary interests in land within the area subject to the PCPO either by agreement or compulsorily, (supported by Urban Vision Partnership Limited as necessary and appropriate).
(c) Complete agreements with landowners and others having an interest in the area to be the subject of the PCPO including where appropriate seeking agreements affecting the delivery of any part of the development and making arrangements for the relocation of occupiers.
(d) Following confirmation of the PCPO to pay compensation and statutory interest entitlement to former landowners.
(e) Institute and defend any proceedings (as appropriate) which might be necessary as a consequence of the Council’s exercise of its PCPO powers.
3. That the Order be named:
“London Borough of Enfield (Ponders End Electric Quarter) Compulsory Purchase Order 2015”.
Reason: The use of Compulsory Purchase powers was a vital took in delivering large, mixed use regeneration schemes. The making of a Compulsory Purchase Order to assemble the proposed development site had been envisaged when Cabinet had recommended undertaking the background work for a Compulsory Purchase Order in April 2012. Lovell Partnerships Limited had been appointed as the Council’s Delivery Partner for the Electric Quarter and were progressing a detailed planning application with anticipated submission in July/August 2015. Lovell had demonstrated that finance was in place to deliver the scheme so it was now considered appropriate to progress the making of a Planning Compulsory Purchase Order to support the delivery process.
(Key decision – reference number 4076)