Agenda Item No
The Vale of Glamorgan Council
Cabinet Meeting: 16 June, 2014
Report of the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation
Hydraulic Pumphouse, Innovation Quarter,The Waterfront Barry
Purpose of the Report
1. To report on the progress of positive negotiations with a developer to purchase the Hydraulic Pumphouse to convert the property into a mixed use scheme.
1. That Cabinet note the progress of positive negotiations with a developer to purchase the Hydraulic Pumphouse to convert the property into a mixed use scheme.
Reasons for the Recommendations
1. To ensure Cabinet are updated on the progress of positive negotiations with a developer to purchase the Hydraulic Pumphouse.
2. The Hydraulic Pumphouse is a grade II Listed vacant property located in the Innovation Quarter at The Waterfront Barry. At its meeting of 16th December 2013 Cabinet authorised the disposal of the property in accordance with Cabinet Minute C2145, which resolved:
(1) T H A T the Director of Resources be authorised to dispose of the Hydraulic Pumphouse to the developer named within this report in consultation with the Leader, Director of Development Services and the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation, subject to Welsh Government consent (in accordance with the Innovation Quarter Joint Venture Agreement) and satisfactory terms and conditions being agreed with the Council;
(2) T H A T the Head of Legal Services be authorised to prepare, execute and complete all legal documentation required to facilitate the disposal of the Hydraulic Pumphouse to the developer named within this report subject to Welsh Government consent (in accordance with the Innovation Quarter Joint Venture Agreement).
Relevant Issues and Options
3. In accordance with Cabinet Minute C2145 positive contract negotiations for the disposal of the property are well advanced between the Council and developer. In tandem pre planning discussions between the developer and the Council’s Development Control section have also been undertaken. At the request of the Council and Welsh Government the developer has also recently consulted the Design Commission for Wales.
4. The developer is preparing their scheme concept for a planning application and will submit the application following exchange of contracts. Community consultation will be facilitated as a part of the statutory planning process in due course
5. A separate Part 11 report relating to a point of detail in the contract negotiations is also being considered by Cabinet.
Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)
6. There are no resource implications associated with this report.
Sustainability and Climate Change Implications
7. It is anticipated the scheme proposed by the developer would deliver a sustainable mixed use development.
Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)
8. The Hydraulic Pumphouse is located within the Innovation Quarter, which is the subject of a legal joint venture between the Council and Welsh Government. The disposal of land and property within the IQ is subject to Welsh Government consent.
Crime and Disorder Implications
9. Bringing the Hydraulic Pumphouse back into beneficial use with a mix of uses has the potential to minimise the opportunity for crime as it will create activity at different times of the day within the Innovation Quarter.
Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)
10. A comprehensive marketing campaign of the Hydraulic Pumphouse has been undertaken with the property widely advertised as a development opportunity for potential investors and developers to bid for the property.
11. Bringing the Hydraulic Pumphouse back into beneficial use will assist the Council in its corporate regeneration objective by potentially creating jobs and economic activity within a vacant historic property.
Policy Framework and Budget
12. This is a matter for Executive decision.
Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)
13. The local ward members for the Buttrills ward have been consulted.
Relevant Scrutiny Committee
14. Economy and Environment.
Mark White (Major Projects Manager) 01446 704698
Group Estates Officer
Lawyer, Legal Services
Rob Thomas, Director of Development Services