Agenda item

Strategic Land Acquisition in South Kesteven

The purpose of this report is to obtain an executive decision to authorise the acquisition of a parcel of land in the South Kesteven area and approval of the necessary budget allocation.

 

Due to the commercial sensitivities that apply to the land in question, the details are contained in the exempt appendices attached to this report. These appendices are exempt under paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 for the reasons referred to in paragraph 1.2 of the report.

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations introduced the item, which concerned the acquisition of a parcel of land in South Kesteven.  He apologised for the lateness of the papers before Members and the Monitoring Officer explained the reason for the late papers, which had been posted and emailed to all Members.

 

Members were reminded that if they wished to discuss the detail of the exempt appendix, which contained commercially sensitive information, then the meeting would have to go into closed session and the press and public be excluded.

 

The parcel of land was situated in an important significant area and was considered strategically important to the Council’s growth ambitions.  An agile approach had been taken due to the need to act quickly.

 

Most Members were supportive of the proposals as outlined within the report but some Members felt that they had not had enough time to consider the report due to its late circulation.  One of the Ward Members for the area expressed concern that they had not been notified in advance of other Members.  As some Members wished to ask questions on the exempt appendix, it was proposed that, the meeting go into exempt session.

 

A proposal was put forward to rescind the early decision to have recorded votes for each decision due to the length of time they took.  However, it was stated that a recorded vote would have to be taken to rescind the original vote. Due to the technical issues some Members were having, it was felt that a recorded vote was the best option.

 

A recorded vote was taken for the meeting to go into exempt session, which was AGREED.

 

For

Against

Abstain

Councillor Bob Adams

 

Councillor Ashley Baxter

Councillor Pam Bosworth

 

 

Councillor Kelham Cooke

 

 

Councillor John Cottier

 

 

Councillor Helen Crawford

 

 

Councillor Phil Dilks

 

 

Councillor Barry Dobson

 

 

Councillor Paul Fellows

 

 

Councillor Breda Griffin

 

 

Councillor Graham Jeal

 

 

Councillor Gloria Johnson

 

 

Councillor Rosemary Kaberry-Brown

 

 

Councillor Anna Kelly

 

 

Councillor Jane Kingman

 

 

Councillor Philip Knowles

 

 

Councillor Annie Mason

 

 

Councillor Penny Milnes

 

 

Councillor Virginia Moran

 

 

Councillor Charmaine Morgan

 

 

Councillor Dr Peter Moseley

 

 

Councillor Susan Sandall

 

 

Councillor Ian Selby

 

 

Councillor Jacky Smith

 

 

Councillor Judy Smith

 

 

Councillor Lee Steptoe

 

 

Councillor Judy Stevens

 

 

Councillor Adam Stokes

 

 

Councillor Ian Stokes

 

 

Councillor Jill Thomas

 

 

Councillor Rosemary Trollope- Bellew

 

 

Councillor Sarah Trotter

 

 

Councillor Dean Ward

 

 

Councillor Amanda Wheeler

 

 

Councillor Mark Whittington

 

 

Councillor Paul Wood

 

 

Councillor Sue Woolley

 

 

Councillor Linda Wootten

 

 

Councillor Ray Wootten

 

 

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(16:44 Councillor Exton returned to the meeting)

 

(16:48 Press and Public excluded from the meeting)

 

(17:27 Press and Public returned to the meeting)

 

(17:29 Councillor Fellows left the meeting)

 

When the meeting returned to open session, a recorded vote was taken on the recommendations contained within the report.

 

On being put to the vote it was AGREED that:

 

1.          Council approves the necessary budget allocation to purchase the site as stated within Exempt Appendix 1 paragraph 3.1 of the Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations report and the associated costs following acquisition.

2.          Council approves an increase in the regeneration reserve by a minimum of £500k in order to provide sufficient funding to meet the ongoing revenue costs of the site.

3.          Council notes that the decision to acquire the site is an executive function for Cabinet and refers the site acquisition to the Cabinet, with the recommendation that Cabinet delegates to the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Leader and S151 Officer, authorisation to negotiate terms, carry out site due diligence and enter into a contract to purchase the parcel of land.

 

 

For

Against

Abstain

Councillor Bob Adams

 

Councillor Anna Kelly

Councillor Ashley Baxter

 

Councillor Philip Knowles

Councillor Pam Bosworth

 

Councillor Charmaine Morgan

Councillor Kelham Cooke

 

Councillor John Cottier

 

Councillor Lee Steptoe

Councillor Helen Crawford

 

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Councillor Phil Dilks

 

 

Councillor Barry Dobson

 

 

Councillor Mike Exton

 

 

Councillor Breda Griffin

 

 

Councillor Graham Jeal

 

 

Councillor Gloria Johnson

 

 

Councillor Rosemary Kaberry-Brown

 

 

Councillor Jane Kingman

 

 

Councillor Matthew Lee

 

 

Councillor Annie Mason

 

 

Councillor Penny Milnes

 

 

Councillor Virginia Moran

 

 

Councillor Dr Peter Moseley

 

 

Councillor Robert Reid

 

 

Councillor Susan Sandall

 

 

Councillor Ian Selby

 

 

Councillor Jacky Smith

 

 

Councillor Judy Smith

 

 

Councillor Judy Stevens

 

 

Councillor Adam Stokes

 

 

Councillor Ian Stokes

 

 

Councillor Jill Thomas

 

 

Councillor Rosemary Trollope- Bellew

 

 

Councillor Sarah Trotter

 

 

Councillor Dean Ward

 

 

Councillor Amanda Wheeler

 

 

Councillor Mark Whittington

 

 

Councillor Paul Wood

 

 

Councillor Sue Woolley

 

 

Councillor Linda Wootten

 

 

Councillor Ray Wootten

 

 

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