Decision Maker: Strategy and Resources Committee
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
To seek authority to grant a 125 year lease
for a new Special Educational Needs School to be built by the
Education and Skills Funding Agency and the Orchard Hill College
& Academy Trust
The Head of Asset Management introduced the report.
Upon the invitation of the Chair, a resident, Ms Buchanan, briefly spoke to the Committee on behalf of the Residents of Sheen Way and the High View Estate. The resident believed that the report was premature in coming to committee and that there were shortcomings to the proposal against the best interests of the children concerned. In response, Officers clarified the recommendations of the report, and their timeline, as well as the relationship to any planning application procedure.
Following discussion, an additional recommendation was added to those in the report.
1. That the principle of a 125 year lease for school development as described in this report be approved, at a peppercorn rent being a disposal at less than best consideration obtainable for the site.
2. That authority be delegated to the Strategic Director - Resources, acting in consultation with the Lead Member for Resources, and subject to planning consent and consultation with residents and Ward Members, to agree final terms and instruct solicitors to enter into legal agreements including a long lease of land at Sheen Way for development as described in this report.
3. That it be noted that the final boundaries for the school and site layout are yet to be agreed, consequently, to delegate authority to the Strategic Director for Resources, in consultation with the Lead Member for Resources, to undertake and conclude such negotiations and instruct solicitors to incorporate the outcome as necessary into the lease and any legal agreement required to document interests in the land.
4. That it be requested that the ESFA conducts early feasibility work with residents’ involvement on transport and access issues and the feasibility of constructing the school on this constrained site.
Report author: Ade Adebayo
Publication date: 24/07/2017
Date of decision: 17/07/2017
Decided at meeting: 17/07/2017 - Strategy and Resources Committee