Decision Maker: Deputy Leader of the Council (Planning, Investment and New Homes)
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
One of the Council’s strategic priorities is to diversify and strengthen the employment role of the West Norwood Commercial Area. The development of land within the Commercial Area is recognised as critical to stimulating investment in, and realising the full potential of West Norwood, which is set out in the Council’s publication of the West Norwood and Tulse Hill Manual for Delivery (April 2017).
The Council seeks to acquire the unconditional freehold of a key site in the West Norwood Commercial Area, which if the Council controlled should support a redevelopment to provide a range of employment uses within flexible light industrial premises to increase and complement the workspace offer in the Commercial Area.
More broadly, an acquisition would enhance the council’s position taking a lead in catalysing and delivering growth and investment in the area. This accords with the strategic priorities of the Borough Plan, and in particular Local Plan policy PN7.
(1) To delegate the authority to acquire the site by private treaty to the Strategic Director for Sustainable Growth and Opportunity, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment & New Homes, subject to criterion (a) in the Part II report.
(2) Should acquisition by private treaty fail an ‘in principle resolution’ to acquire the site by Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) be delegated to the Strategic Director for Sustainable Growth and Opportunity and the Head of Legal Services, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment & New Homes, with the acquiring authority to take all preparatory steps necessary to make the CPO and pursue its confirmation by the Secretary of State (or the council) subject to criterion (b) in the Part II report.
(3) Upon successful acquisition to delegate the authority to redevelop the site under a ‘self-delivery’ approach, to the Strategic Director for Sustainable Growth and Opportunity, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment & New Homes, subject to criterion (c) in the Part II report.
Publication date: 21/06/2019
Date of decision: 01/07/2019
Effective from: 09/07/2019