Decision Maker: Housing, Economy and Business Committee
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
To provide committee with an update on Section 105 consultation on the options for the future io Beech Tree Place, and to seek authority to take forward the preferred option through the preparation of a viable business case, a full planning application for the site, a strategy for land assembly and rehousing, and a model for delivery.
Michael Hunte, Housing Regeneration Manager, introduced the report.
The Chair welcomed ward councillors Councillor Lily Bande and Councillor Kevin Burke, who had been invited to attend the committee in respect of this item. Linda Paisley, Vice Chair of the Beech Tree Place Residents’ Steering Group, Christine Searle MBE, Associate Independent Resident Adviser at Public Voice, and Phil Rankin and Robert Pert of Savills, were invited to address the committee.
The committee noted the Beech Tree Place Residents’ Steering Group’s support of the recommendations and the Associate Independent Resident Adviser’s endorsement of the approach to consultation with residents, and expressed the expectation that the positive engagement approach of the Regeneration Team should continue throughout the development process.
1. To note and consider the outcome of the consultation.
2. To approve the Residents’ Charter and Community Charter for Beech Tree Place.
3. To approve in principle full redevelopment (Option 3) as the preferred approach for the regeneration of Beech Tree Place, subject to concluding financial and legal due diligence; to include assessments of financial viability.
4. To authorise the work necessary to consider and progress the scheme design, viability and delivery mechanism, including:
a. procurement of continuing legal, finance/tax, cost consultancy, commercial property, design and planning advice required;
b. land assembly and vacant possession activity, including the voluntary acquisition of all third party interests of the sites (Site Allocation STC11) referred to in paragraph 5.2;
c. with the detail and costs of the above activity to be authorised by the Strategic Director of Environment, Housing and Regeneration and the Strategic Director of Resources (Section 151 Officer) under the council’s scheme of delegation, and propose back to a future meeting of HEB Committee and/ or Strategy and Resources (S&R) Committee a financially viable and deliverable business case for the full redevelopment of Beech Tree Place for approval.
Report author: Michael Hunte
Publication date: 27/11/2020
Date of decision: 13/10/2020
Decided at meeting: 13/10/2020 - Housing, Economy and Business Committee