Decision maker: Cabinet
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
The ‘Dalston Quarter’ refers to the opportunity for part refurbishment, part development of Council owned sites in Dalston, to deliver a cultural, creative and community quarter (‘The Quarter’) as set out in the implementation plan of the Dalston Area Action Plan. The Quarter is envisaged to become a vibrant, exciting hub that builds on the existing character and cultural, creative and community uses which exist within the area, and form an exciting centrepiece of urban regeneration for the Borough’s Major Town Centre.
To endorse the preferred project strategy set out in this report to enable options for delivery of the Quarter to be explored.
REASONS FOR DECISION
This decision is required to enable Council Officers to proceed with the initial stages of a preferred strategy to explore options to deliver the Quarter, a part refurbishment, part development with a cultural and creative focus, on four Council owned sites.
DETAILS OF ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS CONSIDERED AND REJECTED
Other project strategies for the Quarter have been considered and broadly include the following:
- The Council could procure an architect to design a part refurbishment, part development scheme for the Quarter and then procure a developer partner to implement;
- The Council could procure an architect to design a part refurbishment, part development scheme for the Quarter and then the Council could then sell the sites with planning permission and restrictive covenants for any future prospective owner to implement;
- The Council could procure an architect to design a part refurbishment, part development scheme for the Quarter and then procure contractors to construct the scheme; and
- The Council could dispose of the sites on an unconditional basis, leaving the sites to the open market to implement a scheme.
The above options are not preferred for various reasons, primarily as they do not provide the same advantages as the preferred strategy set out in Section 4.0 of the report. Specifically, the alternative options considered are not preferred given they:
- May not result in the desired outcomes or maximise community and regeneration benefits;
- Do not maximise potential for stakeholder, community and Member engagement in scheme formulation and delivery strategy; and
- Present issues for potential delivery, such as increased cost and risk to the Council.
RECORD OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST AND DISPENSATIONS GRANTED None
Reason Key: i) Spending or Savings;
Wards Affected: Dalston;
Why is the decision being taken?: This Cabinet report will seek approval for a proposed forward strategy (including engagement strategy).
Report author: Brodie McKean
Publication date: 24/11/2015
Date of decision: 23/11/2015
Decided at meeting: 23/11/2015 – Cabinet
Effective from: 03/12/2015
Current call-in Count: 0