The Executive Director of Neighbourhoods and Communities submitted an update on the offers received following the marketing of the Clairville Stadium site.
The Clairville Stadium site was approximately 4.25ha (10.5 acres) in area and was situated to the south of Middlesbrough town centre and east of Albert Park. The site was accessed via Park Road South and bounded by St Josephs Roman Catholic School to the east, residential units to the north and south. Directly adjacent to the site was Clairville Common, which was an area of poor quality open space.
In late 2011, as part of the Councils budget proposals for 2012/13, the Mayor announced the closure of Clairville Stadium and the re provision of various existing facilities at Prissick. The Mayor made the commitment that there would be no loss in athletic provision, therefore Clairville would not close until an athletic facility was re provided within Middlesbrough. It was determined that the Clairville Stadium be marketed for residential development.
As part of the marketing of the site a development guidance note was prepared to advise prospective developers on the Councils aspirations for the site. A four week consultation process was carried out with the community and local ward members, in which there were no adverse comments received. Following this, the site was marketed for sale for a period of 8 weeks on the NEPO procurement portal, there was also advertisements placed in the Estates Gazette and Newcastle Journal. The Council stated within the tender documentation that the site would not become vacant for development until Spring 2014, however, due to the commitment to re provide athletic provision this date may need to be revised. A timetable was being developed to address athletic provision post Clairville:
As a result of the marketing of the site, three offers were received. The 'Assessment of Bids' and 'Deductions from the Capital Receipt' were outlined in further detail within the report.
The report outlined that there were two options available:
Option 1 - dispose of the land to preferred developer
Option 2 - do not sell. This would mean that the Council did not generate a capital receipt for the site. This would have a detrimental impact upon the Councils wider regeneration aims in relation to improving the quality of housing mix on offer across Middlesbrough and should only be considered if the bid did not give best consideration in terms of value and planning quality.
That the selection of the bidder as the preferred developer of the Clairville Stadium site be approved; and
That, should it be considered reasonable to make any further revision of the terms of sale as a result of further investigations carried out by the purchasers and any planning requirements, then the Executive Director of Neighbourhoods and Communities and the Director of Resources be authorised to agree the changes.
The decisions were supported by the following reason:
In order to secure a capital receipt from the sale of the surplus land which will be reinvested back into the Councils capital programme.