introduced the item and gave some background to the site which had
been unused since 1994. In March 2020
the sale of the land had been approved in principle and both
internal and external advice had been sought in respect of
assessing the offers received in terms of achieving best value.
particular attention to Appendix 7 of
the report which detailed the criteria for best value and supported
the recommendation contained within the report.
Ms Brooks was
in attendance to deliver a deputation on behalf of Havant Friends
of the Earth and the Havant Climate Alliance which had been
published and circulated in advance of the meeting.
Cllr Pike was
in attendance to deliver a deputation as the former Cabinet
Lead. He stressed the need for Cabinet
to ensure that best value was achieved and urged that the decision
be deferred to allow further work to achieve this and for the
matter to be considered by scrutiny.
In respect of
the urgency of the decision, he explained that this project had
initially been brought forward to fund the implementation of the
Regeneration Strategy. He did not
believe that this was currently the case but recommended that the
capital receipt be earmarked for regeneration.
that there was scope for further work to close the bids received in
order to achieve a higher sale figure whilst also delivering the
that the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy had a
strong need for revenue funding and he didn’t believe that
the report sufficiently explored the options for how this site
could be used as a revenue stream for the Council in order to help
meet the future funding gap.
In respect of
environmental improvements, he believed that a solar farm could be
achieved, whilst also delivering a much
needed employment site for the borough.
In order to discuss the exempt appendices to the report it was
RESOLVED that the press and public be
excluded from part of the meeting because:
(a) it was
likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or
the nature of the proceedings, that if members of the public were
present during that item there would be disclosure to them of
exempt information of the descriptions specified in paragraph 3 of
Part 1 of Schedule 12A (as amended) of the Local Government Act
1972 shown against the heading in question; and
(b) in all
the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining
the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing the
entered exempt session at 1:23pm
session recommenced at 2.19pm
having learnt that all options for the site had been explored and
that the market conditions for disposal were favourable, was
supportive of the disposal of the site as detailed in the officer
appreciated that the capital receipt could not be ringfenced for
regeneration, Cabinet requested that it instead be earmarked for
regeneration. To this end,
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