Agenda Item No
The Vale of Glamorgan Council
Cabinet Meeting: 23rd July 2012
Report of the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation
Nell's Point, Barry Island - Current Position
Purpose of the Report
1. To update Members on progress with regard to the ongoing consideration of the possible future development options and uses at Nell's Point, Barry Island.
1. That Members note the report
2. That this report be forwarded onto the Barry Regeneration Area Partnership Board for information purposes.
3. That a more detailed report outlining the findings of LDP/Collins Leisure report be presented to the Barry Regeneration Area Partnership Board, the Council's Economy and Environment Scrutiny Committee and Cabinet in due course.
Reasons for the Recommendations
1. The report outlines work to date and is for noting.
2. To allow consideration of the ongoing work related to Nell's Point.
3. To allow further details to be reported in due course for Members' views.
2. Members will recall that officers reported to Cabinet on 12th December 2007 regarding Nell's Point and future land uses. That report was agreed and contained a recommendation relating to the appointment of consultancy support.
3. In accordance with recommendation 4 of that report, and following lengthy discussions, Humberts Leisure was appointed in June 2009. The Barry Waterfront Officers Working Group had met at various dates in 2009 and as part of their remit discussed this site. As part of that discussion an update was provided on the work the Waterfront 2 Consortium (Persimmon, Taylor Wimpey and Barratt Homes) had achieved to date. It was apparent that the development of the Waterfront 2 Masterplan by the Consortium's consultants, HMA of Cardiff, was not sufficiently developed to enable any evaluation of the Nell's Point site as a contextual site within a wider framework.
4. Following the completion of the Humberts Report and prior to moving into the marketing stage of the project, officers wished to feed the completed report through to the various Stakeholder Groups and to general consultation with the intention of reporting comments back to Cabinet for a resolution on marketing in the summer of 2010. The report went out to consultation and resulted in a wide public discussion. A number of respondents suggested that the discussion of Nell’s Point should be within the wider context of a Masterplan for Barry Island in order that a wider consolidated approach might be taken. Others suggested that this wider contextual approach should be considered as part of the work of the Barry Regeneration Area Partnership Board as funding might be available from the Welsh Government under that banner for this work.
5. As a result of these discussions the site remained unmarketed and officers have moved forward with two further pieces of work. Firstly with the initial work required to develop a contextual Masterplan for the Island and, secondly, with consideration of the marketing options available for Nell’s Point.
6. Following a procurement exercise in August 2011 consultants, LDP/ Collin’s Leisure, were appointed with a remit of providing a further report on Nell’s Point. The remit for Humberts had been to consider the tourism and leisure markets and to suggest a range of end users that might be pursued. The remit for the LDP report was to give such consideration but also provide an in depth business case proposal, considering factors such as site development costs, operational costs and possible income generation for a range of uses to provide the basis for consideration of gap funding requirements and the approach to be taken when interacting with the tourism investment market. Following acceptance of the Stage 1 report in March 2012 LDP have now progressed their work and it is envisaged that the Stage 2 report will shortly be presented to the Barry Regeneration Area Partnership Board and Cabinet.
Relevant Issues and Options
7. In terms of moving forward, I will shortly be in a position to feed back on the findings of LDP/Collins as contained within their Stage 2 report. I propose that the report be presented to the Barry Regeneration Area Partnership Board in the first instance and subsequently to the Council's Economy and Environment Scrutiny Committee and Cabinet. This will enable a full consideration by Cabinet of the views of the Board and the relevant Scrutiny Committee.
8. In any event and notwithstanding the above, the findings will also inform the progression of a Masterplan for Barry Island. The commencement of the Barry Waterfront Scheme, which will deliver a range of housing, retail and the phased development of the Barry Island link road is also relevant in the consideration of the future land uses at Nell's Point. Not least is the timescale for connecting the proposed link road to the Island with current indicators suggesting that the link would be delivered within 5 years (2017). Cabinet are provided with an update on the Waterfront Scheme in a separate report to this Cabinet.
9. Secondly, the redevelopment of the Barry Island Pleasure Park is also relevant. This planning permission (subject to a S106 Legal Agreement) requires the planning of the development to bring forward leisure and tourism issues in advance of the residential and care home aspects of the scheme. In this regard the scheme incorporates a Cinema, but only as one element within a larger shell. Regard to the future delivery of a scheme that redevelops the Funfair site is therefore highly relevant.
10. The imminent presentation of the work of LDP/Collins Leisure to the Barry Regeneration Area Partnership Board, Economy and Environment Scrutiny and Cabinet will allow the Council an opportunity to consider the findings of the consultants and whether or not these findings should inform and feed into a Masterplan for the Island, as well as inform the future work of the Barry Regeneration Area Partnership Board and any subsequent regeneration initiatives.
Resource Implications (Financial and Employment and Climate Change, if appropriate)
11. It is assumed that the Project Management Unit will continue to lead on the coordination of this project.
Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)
12. None specifically relevant to this report, although future reports will need to consider the legal issues arising as a consequence of decisions relating to the future use of the site.
Crime and Disorder Implications
13. There are no Crime and Disorder implications associated with this particular report.
Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)
14. There are no Equal Opportunity Implications associated with this particular report.
15. The re-use of Nell's Point ties in with key corporate objectives relating to Regeneration.
Policy Framework and Budget
16. This report is a matter for Executive decision by Cabinet.
Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)
17. Local ward members have been notified of the report.
Relevant Scrutiny Committee
18. Economy and Environment
John Dent - Major Projects Manager, Project Management Unit - Tel: 01446 704673
Director of Finance, ICT and Property
Operational Manager, Legal Services
Operational Manager, Countryside and Economic Projects
Rob Thomas, Director of Development Services - 01446 704630