The Executive Director of Economic Development and Communities submitted a report that sought approval to the funding of £2.178m of upfront expenditure in order to provide electricity to the Hemlington Grange site.
In August 2013 the Council's Executive Sub Committee for Property approved the appointment of Taylor Wimpey as the preferred developer for the Hemlington Grange site. Since that time Taylor Wimpey had been undertaking all necessary due diligence work and pulling together all the relevant technical documentation that would ultimately form the background to their planning application for the site.
Cleveland Police Authority (CPA) had also confirmed their intention to relocate from its existing HQ on Ladgate Lane to a new 'Community Safety Hub' on the Hemlington Grange site. To date the discussions with the CPA had been on the basis that the Council would provide a fully serviced site.
A major part of Taylor Wimpey's and the CPA's due dlligence work had included liaison with all the statutory utility providers. As part of this process it emerged that there was no capacity available on the primary substations in the south of the town to accommodate additional connections.
The proposed solution offered by Northern Powergrid to supply the load to the site was the installation of two new 11kV circuits each 7km in length from the Stokesley primary substation. This was the most economically viable from a cost point of view and the timing allowed development of the site in the shortest period of time.
Details of the costs involved were given in the report, along with timescales for the completion of the works.
The reported highlighted that there were three options available:
Option 1 - NPG fund the works
Option 2 - Taylor Wimpey to fund electricity provision
Option 3 - The Council front fund the electricity (preferred option).
That the upfront funding of £2.178m sought from the capital programme in advance of the first land receipt from Taylor Wimpey to ensure that development at Hemlington Grange was brought forward in a timely manner be approved.
The decision was supported by the following reason:
By the Council front funding the provision of electricity to the site it will ensure that development of the site is brought forward in the timeliest fashion without any further delay.