Decision details

Vacant and Surplus Land - Options

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To agree the release of £130,000 revenue funding and to grant power to the appropriate Director to offer a contract to a consultant(s) offering best value to submit planning applications on 11 vacant and surplus Council-owned sites and commence with negotiations with developers and housing associations to achieve the maximum commercial return, once the Council’s procurement process has been adhered to.

Decision:

1)           That £130,000 of revenue funds be released and power be given to the appropriate Director to offer a contract to a consultant(s) offering best value to submit planning applications on 11 vacant and surplus Council-owned sites and commence negotiations with developers and housing associations to achieve the maximum commercial return, once the Council’s procurement process has been adhered to.

 

2)           Consultants be chosen through a tendering process which complies with the principle of best value procurement and Breckland’s current Procurement Strategy and EU procurement regulations.

Reasons for the decision:

To progress this innovative scheme.

Alternative options considered:

1)           That funds of £130,000 be released and that power be given to the appropriate Director to offer a contract to consultant(s) offering best value to submit planning applications on 11 vacant and surplus Council-owned sites and commence with negotiations with developers and housing associations to achieve the maximum commercial return, once the Council’s procurement process has been adhered to.

 

2)           That an exception to standing order be applied in this case.  That funds of £130,000 be released and that power be given to the appropriate Director to instruct Allman Woodcock Ltd, David Futter Associates Ltd and Edwin Watson Partnership to submit planning applications on 11 vacant and surplus Council-owned sites as mentioned in the report and commence with negotiations with developers and housing associations to achieve the maximum commercial return.

Report author: Zoe Footer

Publication date: 14/02/2008

Date of decision: 12/02/2008

Decided at meeting: 12/02/2008 - Cabinet

Effective from: 22/02/2008

This decision has been called in by:

  • Councillor Paul Claussen who writes It was RESOLVED that: 1) no action be taken at present on the decision of the Cabinet Minute No. 29/08; 2) the Overview and Scrutiny Commission be asked to review the policy and processes in regard to the future of vacant and surplus land; 3) the matter be re-considered at a future Cabinet meeting following review by the Overview and Scrutiny Commission. "

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