Decision details

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Information Only

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

A report on potential town centre regeneration options in relation to Aylesbury public realm

Decision:

This report provided a progress update on the improvement works for Market Square, Kingsbury and Cambridge Street and sought authority to transfer the capital funding from the Kingsbury & Market Square public realm scheme to the new Aylesbury Public Realm scheme which progressed the ambitions of the Aylesbury Regeneration Strategy. In addition, authority was sought to advance the demolition of the former Gala Bingo Hall situated on the High Street and progress with the scheme development of a meanwhile use and public realm on the northern end of Exchange Street car park as set out in the report.

 

Following a cost and design review exercise on the former Kingsbury and Market Square public realm scheme, it was determined that the scheme was no longer viable in the current financial climate and did not offer value for money. This new scheme had been developed to regenerate the high street and drive increased footfall to the town centre by creating an exciting new provision whilst addressing the deteriorating former Gala Bingo Hall. It would create a seamless connection with the Exchange area development which had been hugely successful.

 

The strategic positioning of the Exchange Street car park next to the Gala Bingo Hall Site offered the opportunity to deliver a wider regeneration project which included a new walkway connection to the High Street, enhanced public realm and meanwhile use (new business spaces). The proposed new walkway link to the High Street would greatly improve walking and connectivity around the town centre which in turn would enhance economic activity.

 

RESOLVED -

 

1.      the progress of the improvement works for Market Square, Kingsbury (TRO) and Cambridge Street be noted.

2.      the transfer of the remaining capital budget of £4.772m (former Kingsbury and Market Public Realm scheme) to the Aylesbury Public Realm scheme (Gala Bingo Hall and the northern end of Exchange Street Car Park) be agreed.

3.      the recommended preferred option (5) meanwhile use and public realm at the northern end of Exchange Street car park together with long term mixed use development situated on the footprint of the former Gala Bingo Hall be agreed.

4.      the budget of £1,382,400 to fund the demolition of Gala Bingo Hall and professional fees associated with the demolition and the scheme development of the meanwhile use, public realm, walkway and temporary car parking be released.

5.      a future decision will come back to Cabinet once a full business case and design work has been undertaken.

6.      delegated authority be provided to the Service Director for Economic Growth and Regeneration in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration for the following:

·         To procure and undertake all relevant workstreams that facilitate the advanced demolition works and scheme development as set out in the report.

·         To undertake a procurement exercise for a demolition contractor and to then subsequently enter into a demolition contract to advance the demolition works with the preferred contractor and to enter into any necessary agreements with adjoining landowners to facilitate the demolition works of Gala Bingo Hall

Wards Affected: Aylesbury North;

Details of any conflict of interest declared: None

Contact: Richard Harrington, Service Director Economy & Skills Email: Richard.Harrington1@buckinghamshire.gov.uk.

Report author: Richard Harrington

Publication date: 07/05/2024

Date of decision: 07/05/2024

Decided at meeting: 07/05/2024 - Cabinet

Effective from: 15/05/2024

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