Agenda Item No. 3
The Vale of Glamorgan Council
Corporate Performance and Resources Scrutiny Committee: 1st September 2016
Report of the Managing Director
Cowbridge Livestock Market Regeneration Project
Purpose of the Report
The purpose of the report is to respond to a Request For Consideration submitted by Councillor Andrew Parker dated 28 June 2016 (Appendix A).
That Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Performance and Resources) note the response and explanation contained within this report.
Reason for the Recommendation
To explain the reasons behind the comments of the Head of Regeneration and Planning at the Cabinet meeting of 9th May 2016 reported in Cabinet Minute C3177.
A Request for Consideration dated 28 June 2016 attached as Appendix A has been submitted by Councillor Andrew Parker on the subject of Cabinet Minute C3177 (attached as Appendix B), which relates to a report submitted to Cabinet on 9th May 2016 titled "Cowbridge Livestock Market Regeneration Project".
The Request For Consideration from Councillor Parker states:
"Regarding Cabinet Resolution it is clearly stated
A report on the Cowbridge Livestock Market Regeneration Project was submitted to the Cabinet meeting of 9th May 2016 resulting in Cabinet Minute C3177.
It is clearly stated in the third paragraph of these minutes that neither the project manager nor the Leader were aware of any formal approaches to the Council from interested commercial organisations. This is untrue. An approach was made in February 2015 by letter addressed to the Leader, the then Managing Director, copied to the present Managing Director who was the then Director of Development Services, and the Strategic Estates Manager, with a proposal to redevelop the entire site. Following that approach discussions took place between the Major Projects Manager and the agents. This alternative proposal should have been considered by Cabinet…."
Relevant Issues and Options
The Request For Consideration challenges the accuracy of the following statement of the Head of Regeneration and Planning set out in Cabinet Minute C3177 (refer to Appendix B) as follows:
"…The Head of Regeneration and Planning noted that the Ward Members stated "at least one approach has been made to the council by a commercial organisation which would incorporate the requirements of the VMAG". He confirmed that he, the Project Manager, or the Leader were not aware of any such formal approaches to the Council from interested commercial organisations..."
The Cabinet minutes must be understood in the context of the third party developer, to which Councillor Andrew Parker refers, conveying (via its local agents) a decision in late February 2015 to step away from their interest in the site, only approximately three weeks after it was initially received. Their decision recognised the ambition of the Vale Market Action Group (VMAG) to save the Livestock Market along with delivering their proposed Market Hall. Accordingly the third party developer decided to await the outcome of the Council and VMAG's efforts to deliver the mixed use regeneration master plan put forward by the community group.
Moreover, the third party developer made clear that they did not want their interest in the site mentioned even in anonymous terms. Given the above the matter was not reported to Cabinet at its meeting of 23rd March 2015 (Cabinet Minute C2710 refer to Appendix C) or at the more recent Cabinet meeting of 9th May 2016 (Cabinet Minute C3177).
Within this context the above statement to the 9th May 2016 Cabinet was made in good faith. Since the Head of Regeneration and planning became project sponsor in September 2015 there had been no discussions by the Board about any previous submissions by a third party developer as there was nothing further to discuss on this matter, and the focus has been on facilitating the VMAG's master plan in accordance with Cabinets 23 March 2015 decision.
It is also important to note that the supplementary information received from Councillor Hunter Jarvie for the Cabinet meeting of 9th May 2016 was only submitted and circulated on the day of the Cabinet meeting and allowed no time for discussion prior to the Cabinet meeting. In addition since the original report to Cabinet on 23rd March 2015 (or indeed since February 2015) there has been no further contact from any third parties with proposals to develop the entire site.
Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)
Sustainability and Climate Change Implications
This is a matter that will be addressed at a detailed design stage. However, mixed use developments are often promoted as sustainable approaches to development
Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)
The land upon which regeneration project is located is in the freehold ownership of the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
Crime and Disorder Implications
The mixed use redevelopment of the site, if viable, provides the opportunity to address any issues of crime and disorder through appropriate scheme designs.
Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)
The project will be delivered in accordance with the Council's equal opportunities policies and ethos.
The delivery of the project has the potential to assist with the regeneration of Cowbridge Town Centre.
Policy Framework and Budget
The regeneration of the Livestock Market is a matter for an Executive decision.
Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)
This Report relates to a Request For Consideration from local ward member Councillor Andrew Parker.
Relevant Scrutiny Committee
Corporate Resources and Performance.
Request For Consideration dated dated 28 June 2016 attached as Appendix A has been submitted by Councillor Andrew Parker. Cabinet Minute C3177 and Cabinet Report dated 9th May 2016 appended as Appendix B. Cabinet Minute C2710 and Cabinet Report dated 23rd March 2015.
Marcus Goldsworthy, Head of Regeneration and Planning
Head of Regeneration and Planning
Rob Thomas, Managing Director