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Agenda Item No

 

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting: 10 February, 2014

 

Report of the Cabinet Member for Children's Services

 

Marketing and Disposal of Land at St Cyres Lower School, Dinas Powys

 

Purpose of the Report

1.         To seek Cabinet approval for the Director of Resources to market and dispose of the Former St Cyres Lower School site and adjacent grazing land (“the siteâ€) for residential, community and recreational uses (subject to statutory planning processes) in consultation with the Leader, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Chief Learning and Skills Officer, Director of Development Services and Head of Legal Services.

2.         To seek Cabinet approval for the Director of Resources to appoint property agents/consultants to assist with the marketing and disposal of the site.

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

Recommendations

1.         That the Director of Resources be granted delegated authority to market and dispose of the Former St Cyres Lower School site and adjacent grazing land shown edged red (excluding the area shown cross hatched black) in Appendix A for residential, community and recreational uses (subject to statutory planning processes) in consultation with the Leader, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Chief Learning and Skills Officer, Director of Development Services and Head of Legal Services.

2.         That Cabinet authorise the Director of Resources to appoint property agents/consultants to assist with the marketing and disposal of the Former St Cyres Lower School site and adjacent grazing land.

3.         That Cabinet authorise the Head of Legal Services to prepare, complete and execute the appropriate legal documentation required to dispose of the Former St Cyres Lower School site and adjacent grazing land.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1-3      The reason for the recommendations is to facilitate the marketing and disposal of the site for residential, community and recreational uses.

 

Background

4.         The former St Cyres Lower School site and adjacent grazing land (the site) is located in Dinas Powys and extends approximately 30.66 acres (12.41 hectares).   Its boundary is shown indicatively edged red on the attached plan (Appendix A).   The site, which is in the freehold ownership of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, was declared surplus to requirements at the Cabinet meeting of 1st October 2012 (Cabinet Minute C1841 (1) refers).  

Relevant Issues and Options

5.         A Cabinet Working Group has considered the use options for the former St Cyres Lower School site (edged red in Appendix A) taking into account community consultations undertaken by the Council between 12th November 2012 and 18th January 2013 (Cabinet Minute C1288 refers).  It is proposed to market and dispose of the site for a mixed use development comprising residential, (and responding to the consultation exercise) community and recreational uses (subject to statutory planning processes).  

6.         The intention is to market and dispose of the site to secure a single developer or consortium of developers.  The disposal would be in consultation with the Leader, Cabinet Member for Children Services, Chief Learning and Skills Officer, Director of Development Services and Head of Legal Services.  The successful bidder will be required to complete a master plan for a mixed use development that will deliver new homes, open spaces and opportunities for community and recreational uses within the site.

7.         The area cross hatched black in Appendix A is excluded because this part of the site is earmarked for a medical centre (subject to statutory planning processes).  At the Cabinet meeting of 22nd April 2013 (Cabinet Minute C1308 refers) authority was granted for the Director of Resources to enter into an option agreement for the disposal of the area cross hatched black (approximately 0.77 acres of the site) to Brackley Investments Limited for the purposes of providing a new medical centre, on terms and conditions to be agreed in consultation with the Leader.  The medical centre, if it secures planning permission, would complement the mixed use vision for the site.  After subtracting this plot of land the area of the site that is intended for submission for a mixed use development that will deliver new homes, open spaces and opportunities for community and recreational uses is therefore approximately 29.89 acres (12 Hectares).

8.         An area of land within the site, shown hatched red on Appendix A, is the subject of a Deed in relation to which certain owners of properties in Little Orchard and Cherry Close are entitled to use the land.  That entitlement can be ended by written notice which must be served on all those entitled;  provided notice is served no later than 22nd May 2014, rights of the said residents to use the land should terminate in May 2015. In accordance with Cabinet No. C1371, should the owners of the land shown hatched in Appendix A not wish to proceed with the purchase of the hatched land within the timeframe for disposal of the main site (which is the subject of this report) then the land hatched red should be included in the sale of the main site. Please also refer to Paragraph 11 of this report.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

9.         The cost of marketing and disposing of the site, the appointment of property agents and associated surveys will be funded from capital receipts.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

10.      This is a matter that will be addressed at the design stage of any new development on the site in accordance with the statutory planning process.  A mixed use scheme has the ability to reduce the need to travel and as a result minimise car usage.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

11.      The site is in the freehold ownership of the Vale of Glamorgan Council but may need to be sold subject to the interests of residents (extant at the point of sale) who occupy the land as referred to in paragraph 8 above. There are no restrictive covenants affecting the land.

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

Crime and Disorder Implications

13.      Whilst the site remains vacant it may attract anti-social behaviour such as fly tipping and unlawful occupation of the site.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

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

Corporate/Service Objectives

15.      To manage public money and assets well and to assist the Council to fund the Schools Investment Programme.

Policy Framework and Budget

16.      This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

17.      The relevant Ward Members have been consulted. No comments have been received to date.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

18.      Corporate Resources.

Background Papers

Cabinet Report of 1st October 2012 (Cabinet Minute C1841) titled "Proposals for St Cyres Comprehensive, Dinas Powys site and adjacent grazing land;

 

Cabinet Report of 22nd April 2012 (Cabinet Minute C1308) titled "Proposed Disposal of Land for Medical Centre, Former St Cyres School, Dinas Powys "

 

Cabinet Minute C1288 (8th April 2013) titled "Future of the Former St Cyres Site in Dinas Powys – Consultation Report"

 

Cabinet Minute C1371 (17th June 2013) titled "Disposal of Surplus Land at the Former St Cyres Comprehensive Dinas Powys Site."

 

Contact Officer

Mark White, Major Projects Manager 

 

Officers Consulted

Director of Development Services

 

Operational Manager, Legal Services

 

Group Estates Officer

 

Schools Organisation and Buildings Manager

 

Accountant

 

Responsible Officer:

Jennifer Hill, Chief Learning and Skills Officer

 

 

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