Agenda item

Church End redevelopment update and investment proposals

This report proposes bringing forward the development of both land parcels (the Council and Catalyst lands) concurrently, thus significantly reducing delivery time.

Decision:

(i)         that capital investment of £8.2m be made to bring forward the 34 planning consented homes on the Council’s portion of the site, comprising 33 flats for sale or rent and 1 affordable home along, with the non-residential floorspace and a market square, subject to resolving planning requirements.

 

(ii)        that the Strategic Director of Resources in consultation with the Chief Legal Officer and Chief Finance Officer be authorised to appropriate the land shown coloured pink and green on the plan in Appendix [1] to the report, comprising the Church End Car Park and other land to be acquired by the Council by agreement or compulsory purchase (“the Site“) for the planning purposes of facilitating the development or redevelopment of the Site when the Church End Car Park is no longer required for the purposes for which it is held immediately before appropriation pursuant to the provisions of section 122 of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

(iii)       that officers make a submission to the General Purposes Committee, to stop up the paths on the car park site and landscaped area; that Eric Road remains as Public Highway; and that the new market square site will be adopted as Public Highway, as outlined in Appendix 2 to the report;

 

(iv)       that it be noted that Officers are still pursing the CPO and land swap as detailed in the March 2013 report to Cabinet, but that the funding arrangements have changed as outlined in Section 4 of the report;

 

(v)        that it be noted that the existing Church End market arrangements will be terminated and that a replacement market facility is proposed in Neasden Town Centre, that the existing market operator has been informed, and that following Cabinet approval a consultation exercise will be undertaken with stall holders.

Minutes:

Councillor McLennan, Cabinet Member for Housing and Development, introduced the report stating that the Cabinet decision on 11 March 2013, approved redevelopment plans at the Church End Car Park (the subject site), a site that is in dual ownership between the Council and Catalyst Housing, this report provides an update. She stated that since approval, the Council has adopted the Strategic Property Plan 2015-19, that set out a presumption for Brent to retain its limited property assets, utilising them to support regeneration and for income generation, Church End was one of the Borough’s five designated growth areas. This report proposed that capital investment be approved to enable Brent to implement the current planning consent, delivering 34 new homes, retail, and a new market square.

 

The report proposed bringing forward the development of both land parcels (the Council and Catalyst lands) concurrently, thus significantly reducing delivery time, this would require the termination of the existing market arrangement and its replacement through the period of redevelopment by a new facility at Neasden.

 

A report would be brought forward to Cabinet in March 2016 seeking authorisation for the procurement of a contractor to deliver the scheme.

 

Councillors Hirani and Mashari welcomed the report stating this was a fantastic opportunity for the area.

 

RESOLVED:

 

(i)         that capital investment of £8.2m be made to bring forward the 34 planning consented homes on the Council’s portion of the site, comprising 33 flats for sale or rent and 1 affordable home along, with the non-residential floorspace and a market square, subject to resolving planning requirements.

 

(ii)        that the Strategic Director of Resources in consultation with the Chief Legal Officer and Chief Finance Officer be authorised to appropriate the land shown coloured pink and green on the plan in Appendix [1] to the report, comprising the Church End Car Park and other land to be acquired by the Council by agreement or compulsory purchase (“the Site“) for the planning purposes of facilitating the development or redevelopment of the Site when the Church End Car Park is no longer required for the purposes for which it is held immediately before appropriation pursuant to the provisions of section 122 of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

(iii)       that officers make a submission to the General Purposes Committee, to stop up the paths on the car park site and landscaped area; that Eric Road remains as Public Highway; and that the new market square site will be adopted as Public Highway, as outlined in Appendix 2 to the report;

 

(iv)       that it be noted that Officers are still pursing the CPO and land swap as detailed in the March 2013 report to Cabinet, but that the funding arrangements have changed as outlined in Section 4 of the report;

 

(v)        that it be noted that the existing Church End market arrangements will be terminated and that a replacement market facility is proposed in Neasden Town Centre, that the existing market operator has been informed, and that following Cabinet approval a consultation exercise will be undertaken with stall holders.

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