- Meeting of This Policy Advisory Group is not open to the public, Resources Policy Advisory Group, Wednesday, 25th January, 2017 6.00 pm (Item 75.)
Members received the report from the Head of Healthy Communities and the Head of Environment, which detailed the indicative business case for the Council’s purchase and development of the Gerrards Cross Police Station Site.
Funding for the negotiating of purchasing of the site was agreed by Cabinet on 4 July 2016. Since this time, officers have undertaken due process to enable exchange of contracts and completion of the sale. It was being recommended that the Council appoints a project manager to undertake the design and planning approval to develop the site. The report also set out the budgetary provision which was required for the continued purchase and development of the site.
Members clarified the processes that have already been undertaken to purchase the site, the associated costs and the site’s planned housing density. Members emphasised the fact that the site was currently in the green belt and that this would dictate final housing density. Clarification was sort on stamp duty fees and officers confirmed this would be included in the detailed proposal, to be brought to Cabinet. Members questioned how any future community infrastructure levy, applied to the site, might impact the Council. Officers confirmed any levy would relate to planning permission, which was being sort before any potential levy is implemented. Members also queried the percentage of affordable housing as set out in the report.