The Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment and New Homes introduced the report which would help to deliver the long-term ambition of relocating the Ovalhouse Theatre as part of the Somerleyton Road project. The recommendations did not commit the council to entering into a contract with Ovalhouse Theatre but would enable action to be taken quickly. Officers confirmed that negotiations for the construction project were ongoing and due to conclude within a few weeks.
The Chair invited the Councillor Becca Thackray (Green Party) to address Cabinet. She asked for an update on the social housing element of the wider scheme. The Assistant Director of Housing Regeneration, Jed Young, responded that the contract had no impact on the residential parts of the scheme, which were due to come forward for approval in December 2018.
Cabinet members welcomed the report and raised a number of queries. In response, officers provided the following information:
The Housing Regeneration team was working with a Heritage Asset Advisor to ensure the mural was retained within the new development. Whether the existing mural was transferred or repainted at the new site was yet to be confirmed. However the original artist was involved in the project.
There were aspirations for the contractor, Galliford Try, to provide training and employment opportunities for local people.
The contract remained under negotiation, however officers were confident that Ovalhouse could provide their share of the funding.
It was RESOLVED:
1) That approval of the Contract with Galliford Try for the construction of Blocks A & B be delegated to the Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment & New Homes and the Cabinet Member for Finance
2) That approval of a lease with Ovalhouse Theatre for the theatre building within Block B be delegated to the Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment & New Homes and the Cabinet Member for Finance
3) That approval of an agreement with Ovalhouse Theatre for Carlton Mansions - Block A be delegated to the Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment & New Homes and the Cabinet Member for Finance