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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting: 24 March, 2014

 

Report of the Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks, Culture and Sport Development

 

St Paul's Church, Penarth - Way Forward

 

Purpose of the Report

1.         To seek authority to market an opportunity for the use of St Paul's Church, Penarth for community/recreational uses or as a mixed use scheme including community/recreational uses and other appropriate uses, subject to the relevant planning processes and the approval of the Leader; Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks, Culture and Sport Development; Managing Director and the Director of Development Services.

Recommendations

1.         That authority is granted to market an opportunity for the use of St Paul's Church, Penarth (refer to Plan A) for community/recreational uses or as a mixed use scheme including community/recreational uses and other appropriate uses, subject to the relevant planning processes and the approval of the Leader; Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks, Culture and Sport Development; Managing Director, and the Director of Development Services;

 

2.         That authority is granted to appoint property agents and other consultants as may be required to assist with the delivery of the project.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.         To authorise the marketing of the property as an opportunity for community/recreational uses or as a mixed use scheme including the latter uses along with other appropriate uses (subject to planning processes);

 

2.         To authorise appoint property agents and other consultants as may be required to assist with the project.

 

Background

2.         As reported previously to Cabinet St Pauls Church in Penarth has been vacant since early 2011, when the condition of the building was deemed to be dangerous for use by the Council's Building Control unit.  It was resolved in 2012 (Cabinet Minute C1646) that £250,000 funding be included in the Capital Programme to allow occupation of the premises by Penarth Gymnastics Club and Penarth Boxing Club.  The £250,000 was to be sourced from the Penarth Heights Section 106.

Relevant Issues and Options

3.          A letter was issued to the Penarth Gymnastics Club and Penarth Boxing Club in accordance with the Cabinet approval C1646(1) making a conditional offer of the £250,000 to allow occupation of the premises by Penarth Gymnastics Club and Penarth Boxing Club.  A deadline of 14th February 2014 was set for the clubs to formally respond to the conditional offer.  Within this deadline the clubs were asked to provide various written evidence to demonstrate the financial viability of the clubs' proposals.  This information was not forthcoming.

4.         In the meantime St Paul's Church remains empty and vulnerable to further deterioration.  It is therefore intended to market an opportunity for the use of the property for community/recreational uses or as a mixed use scheme including community/recreational uses along with other appropriate uses (subject to planning processes). 

5.         This will provide the opportunity for third parties to come forward with proposals to secure the future use of the premises including the two clubs, Penarth Gymnastics Club and Penarth Boxing Club, and any other third parties.  Ideally this opportunity will also allow the two clubs to come forward with their proposals, or a potential developer may well be able to work with the two clubs or other community groups to bring forward proposals for the use of the premises. 

6.         At this stage it is considered that proposals from third parties will need to be financially viable but will also be judged by the Council on the basis of the quantum and quality of floorspace delivered for community/recreational uses.  Following marketing the intention is to report the outcome of that marketing to Cabinet in order to determine the most appropriate way forward.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

7.         The cost of the marketing of the property as described will be funded from elsewhere within the Development Services 2014/15 Capital Programme as changes arise.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

8.         This is a matter that will be addressed at the design stage of any new scheme at the site in accordance with statutory planning processes.  In addition the re use this vacant site represents a sustainable use of land and buildings.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

9.         The Vale of Glamorgan Council owns the freehold interest of the property.  There are no restrictive covenants.  Proposals for the refurbishment and reuse of the property will have to take into account the current status of the boxing club in relation to part of the property.

10.      The marketing of the property will be implemented in accordance with Section 123 of the Local Government Act 1972.

Crime and Disorder Implications

11.      The aim will be to secure an end use that regenerates the site with a scheme that minimises opportunities for crime and disorder.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

12.      There are no equal opportunities implications arising from this report.

Corporate/Service Objectives

13.      The Council is committed to regeneration creating a thriving economy that supports cohesive sustainable communities. 

Policy Framework and Budget

14.      This is a matter for an Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

15.      Local ward members were consulted at the time of this report being drafted.  Comments received from the local ward members will be verbally reported to Cabinet.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

16.      Economy and Environment.

Background Papers

None.

 

Contact Officer

Mark White - Major Projects Manager.

 

Officers Consulted

Operational Manager - Leisure and Tourism

Group Estates Officer

Principal Lawyer

Accountant.

 

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas - Director of Development Services.

 

 

 

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