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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cabinet Meeting: 18 November, 2013

Cabinet Member for Adult Services

Use of the Bryneithin Site

 

Purpose of the Report

1.         To report the outcome of the community consultation exercise regarding the future of the Bryneithin site;

2.         To seek Cabinet approval to market and dispose of the Bryneithin site for an extra care facility and/or older people's housing (subject to statutory planning processes) in consultation with the Leader, Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Managing Director;

3.         To seek Cabinet approval to appoint property agents/consultants to assist with the marketing and disposal of the Bryneithin site;

4.         To seek Cabinet approval for the Head of Legal Services to prepare, complete and execute the appropriate legal documentation required to dispose of the Bryneithin site;

5.         To seek Cabinet approval to appropriate an area of woodland (shown hatched green in Appendix A) from the control of the Social Services Department to the Learning and Skills Department for the purpose of making the land available for use by St Andrew's Major School.

6.         To seek Cabinet approval to formally declare Bryneithin as a surplus site in order to achieve the above.

Recommendations

1.         That Cabinet note the outcome of the community consultation exercise;

2.         That the Director of Resources be granted delegated authority to market and dispose of the Bryneithin site shown edged red (excluding the area hatched green) in Appendix A for an extra care facility and/or older person's housing (subject to statutory planning processes) in consultation with the Leader, Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Head of Legal Services;

3.         That Cabinet authorises the Director of Resources to appoint property agents/consultants to assist with the marketing and disposal of the Bryneithin site;

4.         That Cabinet authorise the Head of Legal Services to prepare, complete and execute the appropriate legal documentation required to dispose of the Bryneithin site;

5.         That Cabinet authorise the appropriation of the woodland area shown hatched green in Appendix A from the Social Services Department to the Learning and Skills Department for the purpose of the land becoming a part of the school grounds of St. Andrew's Major School.

6.         That Cabinet formally declare Bryneithin to be a surplus site.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.         To ensure Cabinet is aware of the outcomes of the community consultation exercise and that their decisions are informed by the outcomes;

2, 3 & 4 To ensure that the site is used for the benefit of older people and to meet their

              need for accommodation;

 

5.         To enable St Andrew's Major School to make use of the woodland area for outdoor

           education. 

 

6.         To facilitate the above recommendations.

 

Background

7.         The site of the former Bryneithin Residential Care Home is located on the west side of Dinas Powys, alongside Dinas Powys Tennis Club and St Andrew's Major Primary School. The site extends 2.75 acres and it is defined by the boundary edged red on the site map in Appendix A.  The site is in the freehold ownership of the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

8.         A Cabinet Working Group has reviewed potential uses of the site that would, in accordance with Cabinet Minute C1293(2), "assist in meeting older people's needs for care and support."  As reported to the Cabinet of 1st July 2013, the Working Group identified a number of options:

- Private residential development for older people;

- Registered Social Landlord residential development for older people;

- Private extra care facility; and

- Registered Social Landlord extra care facility.  

9.         The report of 1st July 2013 made clear that, as part of the exercise, it was intended to consult key stakeholders and the local community on the options and to invite any other ideas for development options for the site that would assist in meeting older people's needs for care and support. 

10.      In accordance with Cabinet Minute C1386(2), a public consultation exercise was undertaken over an eight-week period from 22nd July 2013 to 13th September 2013.   The exercise enabled residents to submit their views on-line, in writing and by telephone via the C1V contact centre.  During the consultation period, a community drop-in session was held at Lee Hall in Dinas Powys where the Leader and relevant officers met with local residents to discuss the options.  Three other consultation exercises were held with voluntary and community groups, namely the Vale 50+ Strategy Forum, the Vale 50+ Strategy Forum Housing Sub-Group and the Penarth Ageing Well club.

Relevant Issues and Options

11.      In total, 129 residents of the Vale of Glamorgan and other key stakeholders participated in the public consultation exercise.  The views gathered from written responses and at the consultation sessions provide a good understanding of residents' views on the key issues relating to the development of the Bryneithin site. 

12.      The information gathered reveals that:

(1). There is broad popular support for the Council's aim to ensure the site continues to meet the care and support needs of older people in the Vale of Glamorgan.

(2).The preferred option of many local residents would be for some form of care facility for older people to be developed on the site.

(3). Local residents feel strongly that there is a need for more care provision for residents of the Vale who have a dementia-related illness.

(4). Local residents feel strongly that there is a need for additional respite facilities for those residents caring for older people.

(5). If it were not possible to develop a care facility on the Bryneithin site, then a housing development for older people would be welcomed by a significant number of residents.

(6). There are a number of concerns which will need to be addressed as part of the project, most notably regarding transport links to the site.

13.      In view of the positive response from the local community and key stakeholders, providing broad support for the Council's aim to ensure the site continues to meet the care and support needs of older people in the Vale of Glamorgan, it is intended to market and dispose of the site for an extra care facility and/or older person's housing (subject to statutory planning processes) in consultation with the Leader, Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Director of Resources.

14.      As part of the marketing process, the Council will welcome bids and scheme proposals from Registered Social Landlords, private developers and other potential providers.

15.      The land hatched green on Appendix A comprises an area of sloping, dense woodland at the northern end of the Bryneithin site that is not required for developing older person's housing and/or an extra care facility.  The Head Teacher of the adjoining St Andrew's Major School has requested that this woodland area should be made available for outdoor learning purposes.  The Head Teacher states: "…it is a superb area for us to use…" and the school would be "…very grateful for the opportunity to include this… in the school grounds".  It is recommended, therefore, that the woodland area hatched green in Appendix A should be appropriated from the Social Services Department to the Learning and Skills Department for use by St Andrew's Major School.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

16.      The cost of the marketing and disposal of the property, the appointment of property agents and associated surveys will be funded from capital receipts.

17.      Because of the recommendation for the woodland area to be appropriated to Learning and Skills and thereafter used by St Andrew's Major School, fencing will have to be erected along the northern boundary of the Bryneithin site.  This fence line would be required in any event to demark clearly the land that will be subject of disposal.  The cost of the fencing will be funded from capital receipts. 

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

18.      This is a matter that will be addressed at the design stage of any new residential development in accordance with the statutory planning process.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

19.      The site is in the freehold interest of the Vale of Glamorgan Council.  In May 2013, Legal Services completed an updated preliminary review of the title and they report that there are no restrictive covenants affecting the land.  The land is subject to a right of way at the lower end of the access lane near to St Andrews Major Road which would have to be accommodated within any redevelopment.

20.      The land at Bryneithin will be sold in accordance with Section 123 of the Local Government Act 1972.

Crime and Disorder Implications

21.      There are no crime and disorder implications as a result of this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

22.      There are no equal opportunities issues arising directly from this report.

Corporate/Service Objectives

23.      This report contributes to the following corporate objective: "working with partners to meet the diverse needs of our residents in ways that will safeguard and support those who are most vulnerable and in greatest need; help people to keep fit and healthy; and increase social cohesion and equality of opportunity for all."

Policy Framework and Budget

24.      This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

25.      The relevant ward Members have been asked to provide observations for inclusion in the report.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

26.      Social Care and Health Scrutiny Committee.

Background Papers

Cabinet Report 01 07 2013 - The Former Bryneithin Residential Care Home

 

Cabinet Report 08.04.13 - The Closure of Bryneithin Residential Care Home

 

Cabinet Report 08.04.13 - The decision by 'Crossroads in the Vale' to transfer their day care service

 

Cabinet Report 16.11.11 - Social Services Commissioning Strategy for Older People's Services

 

Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health) 8.18.12 - Update report on Bryneithin and Ty Dyfan

 

Cabinet Minute C1876, 5.11.12 - Update report on Bryneithin and Ty Dyfan (Ref)

 

Contact Officer

Lance Carver, Head of Social Services

 

Officers Consulted

Director of Development Services

 

Major Projects Manager

 

Operational Manager, Legal Services

 

Group Estates Officer

 

Senior Group Accountant

 

Responsible Officer:

Director of Social Services

 

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