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Otterpool Park

Report C/16/09, which also related to the Otterpool Park proposal, went to Cabinet on 8 June 2016. The discussion was of a commercial nature.

 

It was resolved:

 

To receive and note report C/16/09.

 

To authorise the Corporate Director – Strategic Operations, in consultation with the Leader of the Council, to finalise the terms of and enter into a planning collaboration agreement with the owners of Folkestone Racecourse to regulate the working arrangements between the parties as land owners and promoters with an objective of securing a suitable outline planning permission for a new garden town.

 

To authorise the Corporate Director – Strategic Operations, in consultation with the Leader of the Council, to finalise the terms of and enter into any option agreements with other land owners within the area of search that are considered necessary to deliver the Councils ambition for a new garden town.

 

To note that a further, more detailed, development agreement is proposed between the Council and the owners of Folkestone Racecourse and to authorise the Corporate Director – Strategic Operations to negotiate that agreement in the best interests of the Council with further report being presented to Cabinet prior to the agreement being entered into.

 

To agree an initial landowner promoter budget in order to fund relevant activities of up to £1m in the first instance to be funded from the appropriate reserves with delegated authority to the Section 151 Officer in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance to approve the funding source.

 

Julia Wallace, Otterpool Park Project Manager for Masterplanning and Design, will give a summary presentation on this report.

Minutes:

Report C/16/09, which also related to the Otterpool Park proposal, went to

Cabinet on 8 June 2016. The discussion was of a commercial nature.

 

It was resolved:

1.         To receive and note report C/16/09.

2.         To authorise the Corporate Director – Strategic Operations, in

consultation with the Leader of the Council, to finalise the terms of and

enter into a planning collaboration agreement with the owners of

Folkestone Racecourse to regulate the working arrangements between

the parties as land owners and promoters with an objective of securing

a suitable outline planning permission for a new garden town.

3.         To authorise the Corporate Director – Strategic Operations, in

consultation with the Leader of the Council, to finalise the terms of and

enter into any option agreements with other land owners within the

area of search that are considered necessary to deliver the Councils

ambition for a new garden town.

4.         To note that a further, more detailed, development agreement is

proposed between the Council and the owners of Folkestone

Racecourse and to authorise the Corporate Director – Strategic

Operations to negotiate that agreement in the best interests of the

Council with further report being presented to Cabinet prior to the

agreement being entered into.

5.         To agree an initial landowner promoter budget in order to fund relevant

activities of up to £1m in the first instance to be funded from the

appropriate reserves with delegated authority to the Section 151 Officer

in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance to approve the

funding source.

 

Julia Wallace, Otterpool Park Project Manager for Masterplanning and

Design gave a presentation on this report. The following points were discussed:

 

·         Purpose of the report was to take actions as landowner in order to deliver a new garden town. These actions include entering a collaboration agreement with owners of Folkestone Racecourse, entering options agreements with other landowners and agreeing a budget for initial work.

·         Why promote a new garden community - as the landowner it allows the Council to retain control of a quality development meeting housing needs in a way that is planned, meeting corporate objectives such as health issues and economic growth.

·         Collaboration Agreement – an initial agreement to set out how the parties will work together, establish principles and objectives and agree to share appointment of consultants, setting out the intention to enter a development agreement.

·         Budget and financial implications – with an initial budget of £1M to cover options on land, appointment of consultants (this fee will be split with the owners of Folkestone Racecourse) and legal costs. It was agreed that as the project moves forward further financial costs will be required so a financial plan will be put in place.

 

Following the presentation members were given the opportunity to ask questions and a list of the issues raised are below:

 

Government Funding – funding from central government is already underway through the development process and further discussions are taking place.

 

Business Land – Significant land will be put aside for business and officers will look at types of employment, job creation and infrastructure to assist with those who want to work from home.

 

Local business opportunities – the council should wherever possible involve local businesses to work on the scheme.

 

Housing - there will be some self-build properties on the site, along with housing for first time buyers and older population. It has shown in developments around the country that housingfor older people creates opportunities to plan for health care provision.