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Disposal of Land at North West Cheltenham

Meeting: 22/11/2023 - Cabinet (Item 13)

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Please note: this report contains both exempt and non-exempt

information.

 

To discuss the exempt information detailed in the appendices to

the published report, consideration must first be given to whether

the public and press should be excluded from the meeting b

passing the following resolution:-

 

In accordance with Regulation 4 (2)(b) of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012, consideration must be given to confirm whether members of the public and press should be excluded from the meeting for this item of business because it is likely that, if present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12 A to the Act, and the public interest in withholding the information outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information to the public.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cllr Lynden Stowe sought Cabinet approval to enter into a contract for the disposal of County Council land at North West Cheltenham within the parameters set out in Exempt Appendix A.

 

Having considered all of the information, Cabinet noted the report and

 

 

RESOLVED to:

 

·         Approve entering into a contract for the disposal of County Council land at North West Cheltenham within the parameters set out in Exempt Appendix A.

·         Delegate authority to the Assistant Director of Asset Management and Property Services to conclude negotiations and enter into a contract for the disposal of County Council land at North West Cheltenham within the parameters set out in Exempt Appendix A, in consultation with the Interim Executive Director of Corporate Resources and the Cabinet Member for Finance and Change.

Minutes:

13.1    Cllr Lynden Stowe sought Cabinet approval to enter into a contract for the disposal of County Council land at North West Cheltenham within the parameters set out in Exempt Appendix A.

 

13.2    Prior to the discussion, members were advised that, should Cabinet wish to discuss the contents of the exempt information reported at Appendix A of the report, consideration would need to be given as to whether the press and public should be excluded from the meeting in accordance with Regulation 4(2)(b) of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012.

 

13.3    Cabinet agreed to consider this item without having to refer to the exempt information.

 

13.4    The land holding at North West Cheltenham was originally declared surplus and a disposal strategy agreed by Cabinet in 2013, most recently confirmed in March 2023 and had been identified for disposal as part of the Rural Strategic Estate Plan 2016 - 2030. 

 

13.5    The Land formed part of a mixed urban extension allocated in the Joint Core Strategy, which was currently the subject of a planning application - Elms Park - for up to 4115 new homes, 24ha of employment uses, hotel and mixed-use centres, transport hub, schools and green infrastructure.

 

13.6    Specialist property consultants and lawyers were advising the Council on the disposal options to maximise the value of the asset and on the terms of a disposal contract.

 

13.7    He drew members attention to Page 353 of the pack, outlined the climate change implications. The creation and enhancement of new orchards and wetlands to increase the biodiversity in the site. The Council would avoid development in the floodplain.

The Council had reviewed the disposal options for this land holding in accordance with the agreed strategy and Officers are now recommending a disposal.

 

13.8    Approval of the recommendation would enable Officers to achieve best value for the Council in the disposal of the land, contributing towards capital receipts targets.

 

 

Having considered all of the information, Cabinet noted the report and

 

 

RESOLVED to:

 

·         Approve entering into a contract for the disposal of County Council land at North West Cheltenham within the parameters set out in Exempt Appendix A.

·         Delegate authority to the Assistant Director of Asset Management and Property Services to conclude negotiations and enter into a contract for the disposal of County Council land at North West Cheltenham within the parameters set out in Exempt Appendix A, in consultation with the Interim Executive Director of Corporate Resources and the Cabinet Member for Finance and Change.