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Call-In of Cabinet Decision REG 287 Free School Enabling Proposals - HIP/relocation of Grasshoppers RFC pdf icon PDF 231 KB

There are a number of confidential sub-appendices to appendix 3 to the report.  These have been attached separately for Members.  

Additional documents:


See the following papers which were made available as part of consideration of the call-in request:


·       Papers attached to the agenda at item 2 as published on the Council’s website

·       Confidential appendix 3 attached to the agenda at item 4

·       Supplementary papers listed from 1 to 15 which were made available in electronic form and circulated at the meeting and are published on the Council’s website.

·       Supplementary confidential paper concerning a business planning study for the Grasshoppers RUFC which was made available in electronic form and circulated at the meeting.


Councillor Tony Louki as the lead councillor requesting the call-in set out the reasons for the call-in. He recognised the very difficult position that the council was in to meet its obligations to ensure that there were sufficient school places in the Borough. The call-in was not questioning this but was about whether a robust decision-making process was being followed in relation to the finances and assets in question and whether the Council was getting best value for money. He referred to the full statement of reasons which were set out on pages 6 and 7 of the agenda. In addition he made the following points.


He felt that the original Cabinet report on which decisions were based did not contain sufficient information or have sufficient clarity to allow Cabinet to make a properly considered decision. There had been a lack of consultation with users of the Grasshopper’s site. There had been insufficient consultation as part of the planning application process for the Nishkam School. There had been no sequential site assessment. Ownership of some parts of the sites involved in the overall scheme were unclear. There was a lack of clarity regarding existing owners who might retain an interest and what impact that would have in the future. There was a need for further due diligence over questions of ownership.


He accepted that the draft Heads of Terms which had subsequently been made available did clarify some of the contradictions in the original report. However he felt that there should be clauses in the Heads of Terms to protect the Council’s interest if there were any changes of use or increases of value of the sites sold. The estimates of costs, in his opinion, were not convincing and seemed very high. He was concerned that agreements on shared use were not in place. There did not seem to be capacity to accommodate the Greenwood Archers. The proposed number of car parking spaces was not consistent with planning policies.


Councillor Curran responded on behalf the Cabinet as the decision making body. He wished to record his disappointment that the process for considering the call-in had been delayed. The original call-in request had been received on 5 January 2016. A meeting had been held with the participants on 12 January 2016. This had resulted in further information being made available to Councillor Louki on 27 January 2016. Attempts had been made to set up a further meeting with Councillor Louki on  ...  view the full minutes text for item 55.