Decision details

Morland Gardens Redevelopment

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To support the proposal to invest up to £43m to deliver a state of the art adult education centre, 65 new affordable homes, a 675 sq metres affordable workspace for start-up businesses from the local community, and a public facing cafe. This includes the cost of the 2 year service decant.

To agree to the proposed decant of the existing provision at Morland Gardens to the Stonebridge
Primary Schools Annexe, a vacant council owned site.

Decision:

NOTED the deputation received from by Errol Donald (representing the Morland Gardens Community Steering Group) and additional representations made by Councillor Ezajughi (as ward councillor) in relation to the scheme.

 

RESOLVED that Cabinet:

 

(1)       Approve the proposal to invest up to £43m to deliver a state of the art adult education centre, 65 new affordable homes, 675 sq metres affordable workspace for start-up businesses from the local community, and a public facing café at 1 Morland Gardens.

 

(2)       Note that the proposal to invest up to £43m at 1 Morland Gardens includes the cost of the 2 year service decant and encompasses £6.5m of the GLA affordable housing grant.

 

(3)       Note the risk that if the Stonebridge Primary School Annexe isn’t used for decant, as outlined in paragraphs 3.43-3.47 of the report, it may not be viable to deliver the project in accordance with the delivery timetable at paragraph 3.42 in the report, with there being various risks as detailed in paragraph 3.48 of the report, to include a risk that alternative capacity for classes could not be found, meaning a period of 2 years where Brent Start would have to close a significant portion of its provision. 

 

(4)       Delegate authority to the Strategic Director Regeneration and Environment, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Schools, Employment and Skills, to carry out the consultation process with third parties prior to appropriation and thereafter to consider responses prior to appropriating 1 Morland Gardens.

 

(5)       Delegate authority to the Strategic Director Regeneration and Environment to appropriate 1 Morland Gardens for planning purposes and use its powers under section 203 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 to override third party rights.

 

(6)       Approve the procurement of a delivery partner to deliver the redevelopment of 1 Morland Gardens.

 

(7)       Delegate authority to the Strategic Director Regeneration and Environment to approve the pre-tender considerations for the procurement of the delivery partner and thereafter arrange for Officers to evaluate tenders on the basis of the approved evaluation criteria.

 

(8)       Delegate authority to the Strategic Director Regeneration and Environment in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Schools, Employment and Skills, to award the contract for a developer partner.

 

Reason Key: Signficant expenditure/savings of £500k or more;

Wards Affected: Stonebridge;

Contact: Matthew Dibben, Head of Employment, Skills and Enterprise Email: matthew.dibben@brent.gov.uk Tel: 020 8937 1815.

Report author: Matthew Dibben

Publication date: 14/01/2020

Date of decision: 14/01/2020

Decided at meeting: 14/01/2020 - Cabinet

Date comes into force if not called in: 22/01/2020

Call-in deadline date: 21/01/2020

Current call-in Count: 0

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