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WELSH CHURCH ACT ESTATE COMMITTEE

 

Minutes of a meeting held on 18th August, 2014.

 

Present:  Councillor F.T. Johnson (Chairman); Councillor A.G. Powell (Vice-Chairman); Councillors G.A. Cox, H.C. Hamilton, C.P. Franks and K. Mahoney.

 

 

305     APOLOGY FOR ABSENCE -

 

This was received from Councillor R.P. Thomas.

 

 

306     MINUTES -                                                                          

 

RESOLVED - T H A T the minutes of the meeting held on 21st July, 2014 be approved as a correct record.

 

 

307     DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST -

 

No declarations were received.

 

 

308     FORMER SOUTHERNDOWN HOME (DR) -

 

The Committee was updated regarding progress and further consultation that had taken place with the Local Planning Authority since its decision to seek consent for the demolition of the former Southerndown Home and at the same time seek outline consent for residential development. Officers had been advised to submit notice of its intention to demolish the property to the Planning Authority. The Committee was also informed that on the advice of the Planning Officers, it was now not intended to submit a planning application for outline approval for residential development at this stage.

 

The Group Estates Officer informed the Committee that a Notice of Intention to Demolish had been prepared by the Councils Property Section on behalf of the Trust, and submitted to the Local Planning Authority for consideration.  Notices had been posted on site (in accordance with Planning requirements).

 

The Committee was also informed that the Chairman had visited the local community and had called on a number of neighbouring property owners to advise them of the Trust’s intentions.

 

The Group Estates Officer informed the Committee that the costs associated with the demolition discussed at the meeting of 21st July were significant.

 

The Group Estates Officer informed the Committee that a 21 day consultation period had commenced during which objections to the notice to demolish could be lodged. 

 

Discussion ensued and concern was expressed with regard to the cost of demolition. Members expressed the view that quotes should be obtained in order to ascertain demolition costs.  The Group Estates Officer informed the Committee that the previous figure quoted was an estimated figure and confirmed that she would seek permission to approach the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Property Section with a view to obtaining tendered demolition costs. 

 

The Chairman informed the Committee that if no objections were received within the notice period the building could legally be demolished. 

 

Following the discussions and consideration of the report it was

 

RESOLVED -

 

(1)       T H A T the progress to date with the submission of the notice of demolition be noted.

 

(2)       T H A T the recommendation not to submit an outline application for residential development at this stage be endorsed.

 

(3)       T H A T the Director of Resources be authorised to request the Property Section to seek quotations for the costs of demolition of the building.

 

(4)       T H A T an update report be presented to the Committee after the period of objection had expired in respect of the demolition application.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To update the Committee with regard to the submission of the notice of demolition to the Local Planning Authority.

 

(2)       To take account of the advice provided by the Local Planning Authority.

 

(3)       To ensure that proper authority is in place to seek the assistance of the Council’s Property Section.

 

(4)       To provide an update to Members.

 

 

309     EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC -

 

RESOLVED - T H A T under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part 4 of Schedule 12A (as amended) of the Act, the relevant paragraphs of the Schedule being referred to in brackets after the minute heading.

 

 

310     GLEBE FIELDS, SULLY (EXEMPT INFORMATION - PARAGRAPHS 13, 14 AND 16) (DR) -

 

Committee was provided with a report detailing the current position with the land. 

 

Following consideration of the report the Committee

 

RESOLVED -

 

(1)       T H A T the advice set out in the report be noted.

 

(2)       T H A T the Head of Legal Services be authorised to contact the officers of the Club advising that the Committee would desist from the forfeiture claim on the strict proviso that all outstanding rent was paid in full.

 

(3)       T H A T the Head of Legal Services be authorised to recover interest and fixed legal costs as appropriate and to take all necessary action to conclude this matter.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To ensure that the Committee was fully apprised of the legal position in order to make an informed decision.

 

(2&3)  To take account of the legal position under Landlord and Tenant laws that in the case of forfeiture of non-payment of rent, that the Tenant Club is entitled to automatic relief from forfeiture upon payment of outstanding rent, interest and costs.

 

 

311     ESTATES INVESTMENT - EEA LIFE SETTLEMENTS FUND PCC LTD (EXEMPT INFORMATION - PARAGRAPHS 14 AND 16) (MD) -

 

The Committee received a report to update it with regards to the investment in EEA Life Settlement Fund PCC Ltd.

 

Following consideration of the report the Committee

 

RESOLVED - T H A T the Chairman’s acceptance of the Bluefin offer of redress in respect of these investments be endorsed.

 

Reason for decision

 

To endorse the acceptance of the offer from Bluefin by the Chairman.

 

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