The Executive Director, Economic Development & Communities submitted a report that sought approval to commence public consultation on the development guidance for the land at Tennis World site, and subsequent marketing and receipt of offers for further consideration regarding its potential development.
In late 2011, as part of Council budget proposals for the 2012/13 financial year, the Mayor announced his vision for a 21st Century Sports Village at Prissick, which was subsequently ratified on 6 December 2011. As part of that, it was intended Tennis World would re-locate from their Council-owned existing site, on which they had a
long term lease, to a new location within the proposed Sports Village. The existing site was to be sold for re-development and the capital receipt shared between the Council and Tennis World.
Following a reappraisal of the options for the future location of Tennis World and the organisation of facilities within the Sports Village, it was decided that Tennis World would remain in situ, but still within the umbrella of the Sports Village. As a result, surplus land had been identified that was not required to meet the future needs of Tennis World.
Tennis World had a long term lease for the site and the Council had the freehold interest of the land. The release of the land would mean that any capital receipt would be shared between Tennis World and the Council. Tennis World were proposing to reinvest their receipt in improving their facilities; the Council would use their own
component to contribute to the delivery of the Sports Village.
Consequently a new development guidance attached as Appendix 1 to the report had been prepared in order to advise prospective developers on the Councils aspirations for this site, establishing the forms of development that would be deemed appropriate on the land and outlined broad development principles. The guidance would therefore play an important role in the marketing of the site and form a material consideration for determining any subsequent planning application.
It was proposed the guidance be subject to a four-week public consultation process, and following the consultation, all comments would be considered and the appropriate amendments would be made to the guidance before the site was marketed.
The next step should approval be given would be to commence the public consultation period prior to marketing the site.
The report outlined that there were two options available:
Option 1 - Do not dispose of the site for development. If this option were pursued there would be no capital receipt for the Council, who would have less money to contribute towards the delivery of the Sports Village. This option would also leave Tennis World in a position where they could not invest in the modernisation of their facilities.
Option 2 - Dispose of the site for development. By pursuing this option the Council would have more money to contribute towards the delivery of the Sports Village as a result of the capital receipt generated, which would also enable Tennis World to invest in the modernisation of their facilities to complement new sporting provision at the Sports Village.
that the development guidance for public consultation be approved;
that responsibility to make any necessary amendments to the guidance following the consideration of any comments received, following consultation with the Executive Member for Regeneration be delegated to the Executive Director of Economic Development and Communities; and
that the site be marketed following agreement of the final guidance.
The decisions were supported by the following reason:
To ascertain the level of developer interest in the site and potential capital receipt it will generate for the Council.